So today I check my school timetable online before getting on my bike. My morning ritual is tight and organised. Beginning of week three of a four week teaching block I’ve been booked for and the work is both needed and appreciated.
But ….. no classes appear …. strange: better let my head of department know and hopefully sort it out when I get there.
I arrive and am almost finished changing into my ‘teachinig costume’ when I pick up a voice message I had not registered whilst my phone was in my pocket as I rode across the Eastern Suburbs. ‘Sorry, there’s been a communication mix-up, we don’t need you today but we’ll have it sorted, so see you tomorrow’
Now I could go down the road of annoyance, even blame and anger and at the very least self-righteous indignation but …… there’s this really healthy and dearly valued part of me that finds ‘the gap’ …. sees the possibility of a space between what’s just transpired and how I will choose to respond.
I smile as I take off my teaching costume and change back into the casual training gear I’ve very recently stepped out of. And I am able to see that life does this to us all the time. The world is constantly not operating on Dharmalata rules and timelines. The freedom I have is how I respond.
As I pedal back up the hill to Bondi Junction past buses, cars and boys making their way to school to sit in lessons I might have presided over I continue to smile both inwardly and outwardly and by the time I rolling down the hill toward home in Coogee my heart is actually singing as I think of all the useful and lovely things I’m going to spend my day doing …… including recounting this to you, my beautiful Coogee sangha ….
Practice is so cool!!
Meditation This Week:
Tuesday 6 – 7.30 pm (live and Zoom)
Sunday 8 – 9 am (live and Zoom)
Dharmalata and on behalf of Padmadakini
Much metta to you and thanks so much to those who have been generous in helping us to make what we offer available to more of our community. No one is paid for anything we do and we pay rent for the use of the croquet club – if you’d like to contribute please deposit to the account below:
Triratna Eastern Suburbs
BSB: 032 152
Acct: 315 331