Today I am noticing.

Noticing the sadness I feel about the state of our world. Bombs being dropped in all manner of locations by the powerful elite to stave of terrorism.

Are these actions not the actions of terrorists?

The English Dictionary defines Terrorism thus:

1. noun; the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
Indigenous peoples battling for their and their lands survival.
Ecosystems on the verge of collapse.
Species dying out at an increased rate. A sixth mass extinction?
I am noticing how I feel and that I want to find an answer. To look for a solution. To find peace in all of this. And in my noticing I am drawn to these words:
“The next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you’re feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering—yours, mine, and that of all living beings. ”
Pema Chodron
It is not an easy practice. To sit with all of that which causes us to feel pain, which makes us question the very meaning of the world we are part of.
How can there be human beings who act like this? How can there be such lack of care? Such aggression? What can I do to change things?
I can choose to focus on all the beauty. The wonderful people in my life. The diggers and dreamers.The warriors who step into the world as a force for good.
That too is illusion of the same kind.
We in our totality, the good, the bad and the ugly, are planet Earth and This Is It.
this is it
That which we do not ‘like’ is perhaps a reflection of our Inner landscape…We judge from here. This is OK. This is NOT. Can we sit here? Be uncomfortable?
Not reach for a fix ? A cigarette? A drink? An hour of meditation? A heated discussion? A declaration of our position?  A blog trying to figure it all out?
“We awaken this bodhichitta, this tenderness for life, when we can no longer shield ourselves from the vulnerability of our condition, from the basic fragility of existence. In the words of the sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, “You take it all in. You let the pain of the world touch your heart and you turn it into compassion.” It is said that in difficult times, it is only bodhichitta that heals.”
Pema Chodren

Is there a fundamental reality that lies beyond? A place of knowing that all of this is as it should be.? That there is no right or wrong? I believe that there is.

And I am not alone in that.

not rumi


Paul John xxx

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2 thoughts on “Noticing

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham says:

    So much sad news in the world, so much pain, so much hatred, so much dissociation from what beauty life has to offer. Too much focussing on coercion. A lot of people seem to be focused on changing others. I find that you have to identify what people need and satisfy their needs or they won’t want to change.

  2. paulscribbles says:

    The only thing we can really change is ourselves.Our perceptions.Our behaviors. Strive to improve, to learn, to love, to grow.

    “History has shown us that our tendency to colonize and exploit other regions has always backfired. This planet can be made a happier, more peaceful place to live in, but the change will have to come from within the hearts of all of us living here.”
    Jagad Guru Chris Butler

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