There is a strange little stuffed critter I have named Little RockNRoll Dude. Red body, blue yarn hair and a little guitar in hand.
He even had his own Facebook page for a time with more likes than me. In that page he had pictures with everything from cops to well known DJ's, authors and other figures as well as in many exotic places. Some friends would borrow him for their trips. I can remember that he has been to France, Italy, Japan, China, London, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Germany, Morocco, Canada, the DR and a few other places.
The pictures of his adventures were mostly for my kid, but they took on a life of their own and still does to this day.
The principles of Buddhism and Zazen meditation have given me more guidance and peace in my life than any philosophical or spiritual adventure. I think I can honestly say that if it were not for Mahayana Buddhism, I am not sure I would be alive today.
This picture was not taken in an exotic foreign land, it was right here in the US. Two symbols in one picture. One represents travel and adventure and my child. The other represents peace and wisdom. In their own way they are both anchors. They also both remind me of the fluidity of life and what Buddhist call the nature of impermanence. Everything is always changing.
In that vein of though, I will leave you with the five remembrances of impermanence. Travel well, make the moments count, and feel free to tell me your symbols. Symbols of not only past memories, but the ones yet to be made.
I am of the nature to grow old.
There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill health.
There is no way to escape ill health.
I am of the nature to die.
There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone I love
are the nature to change.
There is no way to escape
being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
My actions are the ground upon which I stand.