Sunday, December 04, 2016

I've downloaded my visa and talked with the travel nurse about meds and shots. They warn you not to get into a car accident and wear a helmet if you're on a bike. I think I'll be walking up and down stairs between the kitchen and the temple, which is at the top of a hill (?) small mountain (?). I have to order white blouses, a light blanket (nights are chilly), bug repellant, a shawl impregnated with fierce bug spray. So far I've got powdered tooth stuff, a foldy toothbrush, and a bar of soap that doubles as shampoo. In lieu of cutting my hair, I'm gonna wear it up, pin it up and forget about it. Fourteen hours of practice, holy moley. It is intimidating. And no food after twelve noon. Hoo boy..

I'm avoiding the news. I know it's bad. It doesn't help to know. At least Obama's administration stopped the pipeline at Standing Rock.

And then there's this:

And this:

Today, like every other day, 
we wake up empty
and frightened. 
Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. 
Take down a lute.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and
kiss the ground.
~ Rumi

Dearest hearts. May we all be well. May we be free from suffering.


Elizabeth said...

This trip sounds positively restorative, however "arduous" as far as meditating. It sounds heavenly to get away from this godforsaken country, for sure.

Where is the Black Lives Matter protest picture taken?

Ms. Moon said...

I so admire you for taking this journey. You are a light in this world.

Sabine said...

Yes, beauty and love. What are we complaining about again?

I always bring a sleeping bag made from a sheet of very thin cotton. Can be used for everything. Last time I used it to bring back fresh olives from Sicily.

beth coyote said...

Elizabeth-That march was in Seattle.

Mel said...

I'm excited for you and your journey and hope you share with us when you can. The no food after noon sounds rough, but I could use a diet program like that!
Thank you for the Rumi quote, it is the balm I needed today.

Betsy MacWhinney said...

So excited about your trip!