Living in interesting times
There’s been so much distraction going on these days taking me away from practice and study. Just when it seems like one crappy area of life is cleared up, another miserable news story pops up, or I feel like I’m living in a war zone where there are mass protests and non-stop arrests (I’m not being metaphorical or overly dramatic in this statement so check the news lately to see that people are turning into crazy cannibal zombies fueled by bath salt psychosis). I’m really not joking.
All of this is more reason to sit. To be silent. To reflect on what is going on both out there and in me. My habitual patterns when hit with all this woo-hoo in the world is to go to extremes. I either want to jump in with both feet and set up foundations, crisis management centers, soothe the victims and then be of no use to anyone after burning out from idiot compassion. Then the other extreme I display is to turn away and to try to avert my eyes to what is going on around me.
This lack of balance is where it gets tricky for me. There’s the thin line between unicycling on the Hinayana path of self awareness, being gentle to myself and the focus on personal discovery coupled in tandem with the double-dutch shared skipping of the Mahayana where we work with the blinding fast skipping rope that whirrs around our ears.
It’s sometimes said that we’re our own best teachers and that we know what it is that we need to apply or practice if we do take the time to view our unobscured minds. This is where I’m currently placing my effort. To better understand and to add a bit of space around these circumstances. Reflecting on the six paramitas during these shaky times, I’m going with the ebb and flow and seeing what comes up.
- What suggestions do you have when the world gets you down?
- Are there any practices or teachings you have bonded with during these times?