Well, for days, I've tried to grab a few minutes here and there to write this week's Courtesy Wake Up Call in the midst of the current Dad and Papa (Grandfather) duties. I got a good start at one point, but as events rolled on, it's become obvious that I best just let it go.
It's quite clear that the conditions of our lives will always hold up and downs, difficult periods and easy times, plans and chaos. The Practice is to embrace it all--even if it doesn't reflect our notions of what should be. Although I've been fortunate enough to grab some time to meditate most days, the real Practice has been off the cushion. Again and again, Uchiyama Roshi's instruction, "to let go of the hand of thought", has allowed me to turn my gaze instead to what needs to be done to support those around me.
I hope to write more about that next week!