Anyone remember this?
The four characters say “the sun and the moon shine pure and bright.”
This is the second of eight verses of a sacred chant praying for world peace (the first is here). From this verse on, the chant describes what a peaceful world would look like… but do not the sun and the moon shine pure and bright invariably, whether the world is peaceful or not?
Maybe it is only when our world is peaceful that we have the time to look up to the moon and the sun.
Maybe it is only when our hearts are peaceful that we can appreciate their pure and bright light shining down on us.
So, how can we make our world and hearts peaceful so we can make the time to look up and receive benefits of the pure and bright light of the sun and the moon? Well, I do not have a definitive answer, but maybe there is a clue in this verse – in my mother tongue, the characters for “sun” and “moon” also mean “day” and “month,” respectively.
Maybe we need to work on attaining peace one month at a time, one day at a time… one step at a time.
Maybe we need to keep working, continuously pushing ahead to move towards a peaceful state.
But, it would not be wise to exhaust ourselves trying too hard.
Maybe sometimes we also need to take a rest and put our feet up, so we will have fresh legs when we resume our journey in search for peace one step at a time, one day at a time, one month at a time.
And for me, tea time is one of the best and favourite rest times:
Blue iris: “faith” and “hope”
The host brought in the iris just for today’s occasion, and served the guests with tea brewed from leaves harvested on the eighty-eighth day from the First Day of Spring on Chinese calendar – refreshed me in an instant!
I am now very well rested and ready to take another step forward.
Maybe I will even be able to make time to look up and catch some pure and bright lights of the sun and the moon!