The picture above is of fresh snow in the mountain town where I am working in Japan. It is cold and beautiful. Such a metaphor for how life feels sometimes.

Consider how extraordinary it is that you can read these words. To be sure, life can be challenging and it includes discomfort, but that does not diminish the incredible nature of it.

We can open up our posture, breathe, smile or cry, and drink in the whole crazy miracle for just a minute or so. Then we can wish for all people to have a moment of awareness today for the miracle of their own lives.

This is your life. The whole thing. The beautiful, the uncomfortable, the amazing, and the annoying — all of it. We can practice living it fully.