The birth of a human being is precious, we have to realize and ponder the reality. All that exists is breathing, waking, and turning it into song. Ancient precepts urge us to be cognizant of how uncommon it is to be in human form on Earth.
Seeing life through this lens gives us the opportunity to appreciate our existence as individuals with consciousness, drinking water, and chopping wood. It asks us to observe ants, antelopes, worms, butterflies, dogs, castrated bulls, hawks, wild lonely tigers, oaks trees that are hundred years old, as well as oceans thousands of years old.
Only we are capable of having the same level of realization as all other forms of life. As the Earth is made up of an eternal variety of plants, animals, and minerals, only a very small portion has the spirit of wakefulness we call humanity.
We are precious human beings because we are capable of rising from some depth of awareness to express ourselves to you and we are capable of receiving each other in this very moment. It is possible that you were an ant. My life could have been like that of an anteater.
It could have been raining if you were there. It would have been fine if I had been a lick of salt. It was a blessing to be human beings at this time and place, alive in ways we often take for granted. To summarize, human birth is one of the most precious things in the world. Knowing that you are one of the rarest forms of life on Earth, what will you do today?
What will be your manner of carrying yourself? With your hands, what will you do? Can you tell me what will you ask and who you will ask it? You might die tomorrow and part of the soil and someone might set traps to walk on you. In fact, death is a harsh reality, no one escapes from it. Life has to end one day, making everything useless.
However, today you are rare, precious, and awake. We are encouraged to live a grateful life as a result of it. By doing so, hesitation is rendered useless. Mind it, gratitude and awakeners let you ask what you need to know at this time. Don’t be afraid to express your feelings right now. You should love what you are doing now.
Moreover, consider the other forms of life around you by sitting outside, if possible. Think about how the ant, a blade of grass, or a blue jay can do things that you cannot. Center your breathing on the interior things that you can accomplish that they cannot. Think of the pebble, the bark, and the stone bench.
Get up slowly, feeling skillfully human, and start the day with the conscious intention to accomplish a bit that only humans can accomplish. Don’t hesitate to do this one thing with great reverence and gratitude when the time comes.