|"It's much easier to ride the horse in the direction he's going." ...|
Attending to my body / health in a lockdown (if it's at all possible) is the biggest "no-brainer" of them all. If the horse isn't well, there's no chance I'll be riding him anywhere. In ordinary times, I'm prone to let exercise devolve into a luxury as I schedule all those other "important" matters ahead of it. But in these extraordinary times, especially now that I'm way less naturally mobile, exercise is a must, a priority, an essential. As for being healthy, since visits to the supermarket are few and far between these days, when I shop I shop pointedly on behalf of my entire body (peak nutrition) not merely on behalf of my taste buds (gourmet haute cuisine).
Right Environment / Living Space:
Have you noticed in a lockdown how easy it is to leave beds unmade, unwashed dishes in the sink, etc etc? I certainly have. After all, there's no one here but us, so who else would know? Look: made beds and washed dishes are the result of us putting who we really are into the physical space. And doing that, easily imposes a workability into the midst of the chaos, a calming Zen into an otherwise unthinkable time. So make the beds! Wash the dishes! (even if no one knows you did).
As each new day begins, after I've managed all of the above (ie body / health, environment / living space), the very next item of business ie the next essential priority, is completing (ie staying in complete) communication. I'll clear all unresponded phone messages, reply to all unreplied e-mails, texts and WhatsApps, and then check in on Instagram. And it's not the subjects that make these communications the priority (as important as they are). It's that the very act of being in communication, brings power and freedom. If that's not obvious, you won't get it by understanding it or by hearing an explanation of the how's and the why's of it, suffice to say that the simple act of being in communication, given its true nature, brings forth relatedness and power, humanity and love, miracles and magic.
When I've taken care of my body / health, and environment / living space, when all my communications are complete and up to date, what I'm present to is a big opening, an empty space (even in a lockdown) in which something new can happen, into which something unspoken can come forth, in which something not yet manifest can take form. This space is filled by being creative - indeed, it calls for the act of being creative. This is the time for me to write these Conversations For Transformation, the time to just sit in the space of being creative with nothing going on ... until something / a new idea calls me to write it down. This is the way new Conversations For Transformation are born, along with new ideas for the day, new ideas for living in a lockdown, new ideas for the rest of all of our futures.
The subject of this essay,
Fourfold Path, harkens to
noble eightfold path of
in all of which "right" means "appropriate" / "compassionate" / "correct" / "ethical" / "life sustaining" / "respectful" - in a word, "noble" - but not "righteous".
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