Last night from 6:30 to 9:00, I was with the Upaya community on Zoom. The idea was to report the numbers and celebrate, but the numbers were unclear and not what we expected. Though the presidential race is still undecided as much as Trump tries to muddle that, the loss of the Senate is huge.
At one point someone quoted Norman Fischer: Our practice is to weep.
I jotted down some notes, and have lost track of who said what but I’m with these words: How do we look deeply into the roots of suffering in our culture?
This country began by overriding the land and rights of the Native people. We brought slavery here, and still torture these people. Perhaps it’s time to atone.
And then we’d return to the breath. Over and over again, Roshi Joan Halifax brought us back to our breath, our body. Notice the air we breathe. We are breathing in the air of a digital universe. Our opinions are reflected back to us. Dopamine soars. Now, we begin the practice of undoing the bias of the water we swim in.
The wisdom of Rumi was read.
“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.
The offering ended with these words. Speak truth to power.
It all boils down to Love, and developing the courage to not run away from all forms of suffering.
Live with an open and soft front.
My heart is tender today, wet with compassionate tears, compassion for us all, and how we meet now, and how we connect, and move and respond to what comes.
I mobilize now as I readjust to life as it is now. What does this mean for me and my family? Where do we roost now?