They’re like messengers that show us,
|OMG! The Grand Canyon was even grander than all the hype.|
After decades of chaos and struggle, life had smoothed out for the past couple of years. I was quite happy with the routines and rituals that structured my days.
|A Moment's Peace|
Spending days and days without devoting time and effort to meditation and study, moving through an extended period of time without the support of a community of kindred spirits clearly doesn't work for me. For, as much as we've been trained to believe otherwise in this capitalist culture, who I am at any one moment is a function of the interplay between all my past conditioning and the environment that surrounds me.
In those moments that I am actually mindful of what is going on inside and around me, I may have a degree of choice in the matter and manifest some kindness, clarity, and compassion. Otherwise I'm likely to resonate with the mainstream energies of our patently neurotic and clueless materialistic society. Without Practice and a Community of Support, who I am at any one moment is just a bad habit at one end -- and the entire Universe at the other.
Thankfully, the Universe doesn't keep score.
*I was arrested last fall for crossing a police tape to protest the town's eviction of a homeless encampment on the Greenfield Town Commons as I participated in our #OMG! (#Occupy Meditation Group!) daily noon meditation vigil. )