Everything is an emergency is like the saying “practice like your hair is on fire”. It is to help you see the urgency of bringing your mind into every moment emerging through the practice of meditation. You might find yourself saying that you are too busy today and you’ll practice tomorrow. Don’t take your life for granted.
Observe what comes and goes and the space in which that occurs. Prioritize the space. Sit down, hold still and find out who you are. That is the basic instruction.
At this all-day meditation retreat at SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City, Sokuzan talks about shikantaza–the Japanese word for “just precisely this”–and beginning a meditation practice.