What a day fellow co-arisers!!! I worked a good twelve hours today. Tuckered me out a good deal. Struggled with some bad attitudes. But!!! I had the hope of dependently co-arising with all of you! That hope gave my heart and soul the spark it required to make the most of this glorious evening!
Jan and I ventured to Welles Park, breathing in the crisp, cool air, catching up with one another after long, tiresome days. Jan had the inspired idea to kneel in the playground area of the park. We made our way across the field, past the late-night man-dog frisbee team, into the darkened realm of cold slides and swings. I'd have to say this activity was not immediately meditative or reflective for me. It was, however, incredibly lighthearted and playful. And I desperately needed some play this evening!
After our late-night recess in the park we made our way to the Bad Dog Tavern & Grill to share a sandwich over some sweet brews. We ate and drank slowly, thankful for some time together, time to talk and laugh, time to be in one another's presence without distraction, time to unload some of the day's weight and breathe easier. It was very good and altogether necessary! We ended our date/co-arising by kneeling in the midst of the tavern's clientele, our waiter Chad kindly taking a photo of us and our full tummies.
It is a good thing, friends. A good thing indeed. To fill our days with positive intention! With mindful purpose! To bridge the artificial gap between one another and arrive in the lichtung, or clearing, where our true being can present itself, unencumbered, free to be with all others as one. I'm thankful for this opportunity to nourish awareness with all of you!
Goodnight and happy dependent co-arising!