― Thich Nhat Hạnh
― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Finally, I knew it was time to just reset the dang alarm and make a new plan.
It's been a long week, full of activity and challenge for myself and for a number of my friends. As well as spending time on a number of urgent volunteer efforts, I've spent a lot of time sitting with my own "stuff" and that of others.
Now, I'm spent.
So, at this point on Saturday evening, I thought that, perhaps, it would be helpful (to me at least) to do as I've done a number of times over the past couple of years. I Ching style, I just randomly picked a previous post.
Are you kidding me?!
Synchronicity Works for Me
At a time that the emotional weather has been pretty stormy around these parts -- for me and for others -- it seems the Synchronicity, once again, was quite amazing. The words that were launched forth back then, hit home right now. The One Love is most kind. The following was excerpted from "Both Sides Now", originally posted on April 11, 2015. I found it helpful. I hope you do as well.
Both Sides Now
It seems that the a number of folks in this week's Mindfulness Circles, myself included, reported that it was being a pretty "rough" week -- both on and off the zafu. Although I was tempted to surf over to one of my favorite astrological websites to check out what in the world (or what out there) was going on, I don't think an extraterrestrial explanation is necessary. As the Practice develops, we get more directly in touch with the entirety of the human condition. Inside and out, we get more in tune with the way it IS.
Making Light of It
Once we realize that all our efforts to become what we think is perfect pale in comparison to the perfection of just accepting who we already are, something shifts. The Grand Cosmic Joke becomes obvious. A sense of ease and joy emerges when we know directly, and accept deeply, the Real Deal: We are each Bozo and Buddha. The belly laugh becomes as relevant -- and reverent -- as the bow. We can lighten up.
It seems rather amazing that Just Sitting Still Doing Nothing helps to open those Pearly Gates. But it does.
Don't take my word for it though. In fact, don't take anybody's word for it. Check it out for yourself. We all have the on-board equipment to determine the Truth of the Matter.
It just takes Practice.