Being awake is love. That’s what it is. It’s certainly not hate. It’s certainly not fear. But what it is, it’s a sense of being not separate from all the suffering and all of the emptiness, all of the compassion, all of the wisdom, all of the liberation, and all of the enslavement, to understand we’re all that.
We’re in a threshold experience right now. We’re in this kind of situation where we don’t have any time to waste. And I like the Zen evening verse that we chant that goes, ‘Life and death are of supreme importance. Time passes swiftly, and the opportunity is lost. Let us awaken, awaken. Do not squander your life.
– Joan Halifax