Tidiness is generosity to myself and others.
In the rush, being already beyond the meal, the moment…so much is missed.
The way to spread healing is presented in EEAAO as two-fold: we must learn to drop our false stories of self enough to discover what someone else really needs, and we must then do what is in our own (limited, conditioned) power to begin to offer it to them.
I am inspired by Yasodara’s way of practicing in the midst of everyday householding. To not need to physically leave home in order to be deeply devoted and realize the path of complete well being.
We hope that you will consider contributing to Clouds in Water in ways that feel joyful, wholesome and within your means.
I look forward to us landing together at some place that reflects more accurately the world we live in…which is to say: reflects dharma.
Because what I’ve been wondering is this—how do I live simply, do good work, care for myself, and still support other things I value? Can I be frugal and generous?
Giver, receiver, and gift are described as wheels. These wheels turn each other, circling and transforming.
I would love indeed to have been born in a world that is not in the throes of a catastrophic climate shift, or perpetually poised a few bad decisions away from complete nuclear annihilation. But our karma is now. The moment we are responsible for is now. And that means we are the people for this moment. For us, it is the right time.
The question at the heart of Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass, about understanding the land as loving us, not just us loving the land, has been inspiring a lot of reflection for me for the past few years.