Leslie's philosophy on life:
"Life is a precious gift that we best honor by being as aware as possible during each moment. By allowing ourselves to open to deeper levels of awareness, we encounter levels of joy and connection with life so deep they know no bounds. This connection, this peace, is not only available on a meditation cushion in a silent room. It is available in every moment, no matter where we are or what is occurring around us. It can even be found in the midst of great pain. With gentle practice, we can find the joy of being underneath each moment."
Leslie's philosophy on death:
"Dying is very similar to being born. They both connect us to something more expansive than ourselves, a greater mystery. And because it is so closely connected to death, grief carries something transcendent about it as well. It is a stopping point, an opportunity to feel the most vital parts of what it means to be human, not the least of which is life's fragility.
Death, and grieving, open us up to our best human qualities: the strength of the human spirit, the value of compassion, and the grace that comes with a gentle ceaseless patience in the face of life's limits. During our connection with death, there are many openings, or cracks through which we can see life in a new way. Some passageways we recognize and others are more difficult to see, but all of these apertures offer opportunities to expand into a greater version of ourselves as human beings. They contain the possibility for us to cultivate and strengthen our very best virtues: empathy, kindness, love, patience, joy, perspective, and wisdom.
Death, and grieving, are sacred experiences. When we encounter difficulty is the most precious opportunity on life's path. Becoming intimate with pain can be a doorway to complete transformation of our being. When we become intimate with our pain, we develop compassion, wisdom, and grace. We are able to move forward in peace and with power, not despite what life hands us, but because of it."