Zenju Earthlyn Manuel: What is the Meaning of Life?


Excellence Reporter

_DSC5796The Meaning of Life is completely tied to What is Life? And I would say:

The path is life
And the purpose of life is to live it where we are,
To be soothed by its waters still flowing,
and warmed by the sun that reaches those who stand boldly in the open.

Live this moment,
and life stretches into eternity,
revealing the stars flung in the vastness of your night.

Hold open what it means to
be alive and still breathing,
despite all that has burned away
in your living through fire.

Dare you sweep up the ashes,
whittle and sand the charred pieces
And make a smooth mound of yourself–
A mound that if breathed upon would float you back to the silence of your beginnings,

Your arrival is always now
landing on a new shore,
a lifeline cast beyond anything
imposed by the shadows of what appeared…

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