― Pema Chödrön
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
I won't get too excited though.
The crystal ball gazers at the National Weather Service see a cold front descending on us later today with another round of sleet freezing rain, and rain. I can feel it on the wind already. Yesterday was a day to be lollygagging and lounging outside. Tomorrow won't be.
Such is spring in here in Western Massachusetts.
Blowing in the Wind
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. Although I was tempted to surf over to one of my favorite astrological websites to check out what in the world (or, perhaps, 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 human condition, more in attuned with the way it IS.
At that point, the belly laugh becomes as relevant -- and reverent -- as the bow.
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 for ourselves.
It just takes Practice.