When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
This body is subject to death. This mind is subject to death. This world is subject to ruin. This moment is subject to change. In the hierarchy of [bodies] human form is here and gone before you know it. Ask yourself, "What must I do?"
I was watching the leaves and branches moving outside my window with the light breeze last evening and felt a kind of interruption. I just learned today a friend of mine passed away. In the movement of nature there are messages. Even though this is a kind of interpretation I know that interruption in the moment seemed off center.