Our aims clearly set before us, if we fail to act now when shall this opportunity present itself again?
Caught up in my own idle behavior,
hiding in mundane activities and endless distraction,
negative thoughts, emotions and doubt are quick to strike.
My own self-cherishing and confusion prevents me
from doing work that actually benefits myself and others.
My constant fear of loss and the eight worldly concerns perpetually ensnare my mind. I am like a bird trapped in a building, the door is wide open but I keep wanting to fly higher to get out.
This then is my primary adversary, the source of all my troubles, suffering and discontent.
These are the ailments that keep me up at night, tormenting my mind with endless anxiety.
All my efforts will be directed at vanquishing this foe. There are as many methods for accomplishing this as there are beings, but none are as quick and effective as resting in openness free from fixation.
This then shall be my supreme vehicle, my way of abiding.
When I am no longer bound by these veils that entrap my mind, may I come to find a natural freedom and ease and like a bird, soar effortlessly through the sky.