"If you think about it, it’s awesomely, amazingly wonderful just to be alive! It’s a wonderful gift, and especially on a beautiful spring day like today. But it took me several years of meditation practice and a heart attack before I really got it that just to be alive is awesome. As I was walking out of the hospital I thought, 'Wow! I could be dead. The rest of my life is just a gift.' And then I thought, 'Well, it always has been a gift from the very beginning and I never noticed it until it was almost gone.' I think it is true of many of us that we don’t notice what a gift it is just to be alive."