The following quote is taken from 'Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron'.
A LITTLE TWIST
"All of life is interconnected.
If something lives, it has life force, the quality of which is energy, a sense of spiritedness.
Without that, we can't lift our arms or open our mouths or open and shut our eyes.
If you have ever been with someone who is dying, you know that at one moment,
even though it might be quite weak, there's life force there,
and then the next moment there is none.
It's said that when we die, the four elements----earth, air, fire, water----
dissolve one by one, each into the other, and finally just dissolve into space.
But while we're living, we share the energy that makes everything,
from a blade of grass to an elephant, grow and live and then inevitably wear out and die.
This energy, this life force, creates the whole world.
It's very curious that because we as human beings have consciousness,
we are also subject to a little twist where we resist life's energies."
Copper Beech tree just leafing out in our front garden.