I rise and scan the news on-line, even as I consider the idea of Wi-Fi on airplanes. Hmmmm!
Airplanes are a place where one can be unavailable and unreachable for a few hours. I got my first cell phone when I flew into NY during a horrible blizzard and I was the only one looking for an actual phone to call my family. Everyone else was negotiating transportation on the plane. I dropped my phone the other day and it broke. It is odd to be without a cell phone for a few days even though I use mine as minimally as possible.
When I was in Nepal in the Everest area, I was four weeks away without any ability to contact, and even in Kathmandu, in those days, outside contact was minimal. Somehow we all did survive. It's amazing what resides inside. I have mixed feelings on instant availability and contact. Do we value our words as carefully as we might, when we can blather forth all the time?
Each day I learn of another person who has lost a job, another store closed. There is an intensity to living right now. We certainly are awake.
Today is a day of retreat for me, so I am preparing to walk to join my group, looking forward to it, while also being present with this very precious moment. I love to feel the flow of blood, to honor the pump of my heart and yours. We share a most beautiful world. Exult in this day. Stir peace and ease and love.
I am reading two books right now that seem to both celebrate our amazing abilities to connect with each other and our own minds. One is Embracing the Wide Sky by Daniel Tammet, and the other is Embracing Mind by B. Alan Wallace and Brian Hodel. We are more connected that we realize. Embrace!!
They say that 'Time assuages' ...
They say that "Time assuages"—
Time never did assuage—
An actual suffering strengthens
As Sinews do, with age—
Time is a Test of Trouble—
But not a Remedy—
If such it prove, it prove too
There was no Malady—