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Siddhartha Gotama who would become known as The Buddha said there are three things we can count on: Aging, becoming ill and dying. So now that Pickles is nearing her end in the body she has...

I thought today, while walking, later, on the meditation bench, "with rats, I get to learn about aging, becoming ill and dying over and over again; it isn't pleasant but it's a necessary part of becoming wise about what Living means, and suffering, and compassion..."

So I am telling myself, "This is natural in this conditioned world--what Pickles is going through; what I am going through; what we all go through before we leave Earth: Learn, be humble, pay attention, be grateful... and don't add anything to the experience, i.e. no drama. Just try to be present as often as possible to what is going on--not what was; not what will be, but here/now."
 
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