(I love quoting from Sam Beckett's Happy Days.)
Yesterday I meditated for 5 minutes twice while waiting for Amy to arrive for our Monday morning worship session. I set the gongs to ring on my cell phone between 7 and 8AM. I felt so good melting into non-stress and then rising into mindfulness of breath and body and sound, falling and rising again. I did it first lying down and then sat up after reading Richard Rohr's meditation. Lots to think about this week on the topic of "Co-creating wholeness."
Today was even better. This time I was waiting for the cleaning ladies:
Mindfulness meditation while waiting
takes care of stress. I root instead, become
an elm, an oak—depending on my mood—
and rest to soft-sap rising harmonies,
and trees don't pace, no, they don't squawk or nag,
no, they don't talk nor walk nor watch a clock,
they grow real slow the more they're left alone . . .
Hildegard von Bingen, "The Universe" (detail), Scivias Codex, c. 1165.
Science: Week 2
The Great Turning
Monday, November 9, 2015
I have set before you life and death, therefore choose life.
-- Deuteronomy 30:19
Eco-philosopher, Earth elder, friend, and spiritual activist Joanna Macy, now in her eighties, has been promoting a transition from the Industrial Growth Society to a Life-sustaining Society for most of her life. She calls it the Great Turning, a revolution of great urgency: "While the agricultural revolution took centuries, and the industrial revolution took generations, this ecological revolution has to happen within a matter of a few years." She is hopeful as she sees individuals and groups participating in "1) actions to slow the damage to Earth and its beings; 2) analysis of structural causes and creation of structural alternatives; and 3) a fundamental shift in worldview and values." [1, emphasis mine]
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