As long as you are subject to a life bound by force of habit, you are not free from the burden of the body. The physical being given you by your parents has come into existence through the interdependence of many conditions; while the basic elements thus sustain you, they are always at odds with one another.

While we mostly want to hear what to do in practice or life, the admonitions, warnings, and cautionary tales seem more important at times. They are usually extremely difficult to hear well enough to apply them to ourselves. And each of us has our own cautionary tales we have either lived through or witnessed in others.

The Daily Zen Teisho