The anger, fear, and confusion that has rippled through the country for some time is coming to a head. Regardless of your political affiliation, it’s undeniable that the nation has entered uncharted territory, the tension is palpable.
In times of stress, turbulence, and uncertainty what peace is there? In sum: the radical notion that when we cultivate an equanimous mind, even the most extreme external circumstances do not hold sway.
Meditation teaches you just what little control you have over yourself. Realizing this is the first step. After we make peace with it, we can work to continue sitting and regaining control over the mind.
Sitting is practice for all the things that it sucks to do. Like saying sorry.
Like admitting you were wrong.
Like doing nothing because it’s all that can be done.
Like waking away from the stuff that taste better, feels better, but is wrong for you.
In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. In order to serve men better, one has to hold them at a distance for a time.
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