Earlier an anti-Obama regular played all the Republican talking points and predicted that, if elected, he'd be a failure as president. He can't see what many see in the man -- wants McCain because he knows the military. Recites Omar Khayyam, mentions an Air Force General who recently died, then said he'd see me tomorrow. We both sign a young man's petition for Independent candidates to get on Maine's ballot.
A woman came to tears remembering a local priest's kindness to her. Colin Grant's violin music from cd.
We’re all stir crazy --A man and woman we know 13 years, were married then divorced, re-enter shop together. "A reunion," she says. He's moving in with her after a few marriages and many years. He says he's on his way to heaven. I ask express or local? He says he'll be making all the stops.
been in the body so long.
And on the day he died
“Today I am released from central jail forever.”
But we are not in the body,
the body is in us,
depends on us for life
(not us on it).
“I am the Light.”
(from p.267, in Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying, by Stephen Levine, c.1982)
The trail is dangerousOne sutra I've long liked is Isaiah's:
Among snowy, silent peaks.
With the Master gone,
Who goes this way for meditation?
Dust slowly gathers
On the tea table;
Before his death,
Tree colors already had changed.
The pagoda stands
In blowing pines;
Along the roaring stream.
Passing by the grieving temple,
Hears the sutra,
- Chia Tao (779-843)
Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty;There's not much to do but pass through the words and faces that pass through the shop.
though you have no money, come!
Buy corn without money, and eat,
and, at no cost, wine and milk.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
your wages on what fails to satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat
and rich food to enjoy.
Pay attention, come to me;
listen, and your soul will live.
With you I will make an everlasting covenant
out of the favours promised to David.
If it's all been an illusion, fine.
If it's all been foolishness, fin!
If anything comes of this time -- fantastic -- but I don't count on it. It's just been something to do, some place to be, some attention given freely, and some listening done with grateful presence.