We have not yet slid off the mountain…
That is to say we might. I’ve just heard there is more rain plowing our way tonight. What that seems to actually mean is more rain may come at any time and last ALL night!
But it is glorious to see the dusty dry brown hillsides become greener than I’ve ever seen. Already wildflowers are peeking forth as it’s been on the warm side almost the entire time.
It looks to be a lovely spring to come.
Recently I read a quote from wise Pema Chödrön that spoke deeply to me.
Suffering is not something to avoid but to embrace as simply part of life itself.
Without judgement, admittedly difficult, we see more clearly…
When things fall apart and we’re on the verge of we know not what, the test for each of us is to stay on that brink and not concretize. The spiritual journey is not about heaven and finally getting to a place that’s really swell. In fact, that way of looking at things is what keeps us miserable. Thinking that we can find some lasting pleasure and avoid pain is what in Buddhism is called samsara, a hopeless cycle that goes round and round endlessly and causes us to suffer greatly.
The very first noble truth of the Buddha points out that suffering is inevitable for human beings as long as we believe that things last—that they don’t disintegrate, that they can be counted on to satisfy our hunger for security. From this point of view, the only time we ever know what’s really going on is when the rug’s been pulled out and we can’t find anywhere to land. We use these situations either to wake ourselves up or to put ourselves to sleep. Right now—in the very instant of groundlessness—is the seed of taking care of those who need our care and of discovering our goodness.