Naked Ladies are blooming! In fact, they are dancing throughout one of my flowerbeds. Lycoris has pink amaryllis-type flowers atop a 3-foot stem. Its strappy spring leaves are nowhere to be seen, having dried up last month. Thus the stem and flowers are "naked" of any foliage.
What's the naked truth of our lives? The unadorned, yet surprisingly beautiful truth of life?
The Buddha offers us 4 unadorned truths:
- Life is challenging. We experience stress every day.
- The cause of our stress is craving.
- Our stress and distress can end.
- The way to end our stress is through 8 steps of mindful living.
At first glance, these Ennobling Truths don't seem very pretty and certainly not beautiful. But they point the way to a beautiful mind. A beautiful mind that is calm and peaceful. A beautiful mind that is wise and skillful when we come face to face with the naked truth of our life.