Sitting With the Question

In the Buddhist community I belong to (Triratna) we sometimes talk in terms of our ‘current edge of practice’. By this we mean areas of our life and behaviour that we’re currently exploring, questioning even playing with.

Life is full of conundrums don’t you agree? Situations and relationships that defy simplistic solutions and reasoning present themselves continually. In the business that I run with my son we find ourselves in conflict with others and it’s so easy to see it from our side! In my intimate relationships – the same thing!

Even within my own being – the same thing! When I look closely I find that I am in conflict with myself …. parts of me want to operate in a certain way – perhaps with discipline and ethical care and bits of me want to be a ‘wild gypsy’…….

So what do I do about this??

I sit with the question. I do what meditation so beautifully leads us to ….. sitting quietly and with poise in the gap between stimulus and response ….

I see that I don’t need to solve life’s dilemma’s on their own terms in a fixed time frame but that can find comfort in consciously and wisely not knowing.

And as passive as that could be interpreted to sound it’s not. In the gap magic happens ……. angles, opportunities and new ways of being emerge and they are informed by a new wisdom born of stillness and kindness …..

That’s how I grow bigger …… I think ……

To be continued ………

Hope you can meditate with us this week: Tuesdays 6 – 7.30 pm and Sundays 8 – 9 am

With Kindness

Dharmalata and Padmadakini

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