Looking Right Here and Now

My spastic blogging in the last months of 2012 can be blamed on moving from Greenfield, MA back to the Boston area. It took more physical and psychic energy than I anticipated. A year ago, I moved to western MA because I imagined it to be the kind of community and lifestyle I’ve dreamt of for years–I had loved living in rural communities and small towns as a young woman, so once my youngest graduated college I decided I could finally do it.

Greenfield met all my expectations. It’s lovely, quiet, and spacious, and there are wonderful, wild places to walk; the people are kind and welcoming, and folks in the Pioneer Valley strive to understand and solve the issues I’ve long been concerned about: sustainable agriculture, energy self-sufficiency, just economics etc. I was also able to experiment doing work I’m drawn to. I gave presentations and talks on mindful eating at the Greenfield Y because directors, Dawn Dorsey and Jayne Troysin, believed in the work. I did a presentation at the local chapter of the VA (Veterans Administration) and that generated opportunities to get involved with their programs.

Now I’m back in the place I lived for many years– returning to places and people that are all very familiar and yet they are all quite new. I returned because my sons are here and the meditation center where I’ve been a member for many years, is here–and proximity to both proved more important than I thought. So I moved toward what is most important now.

I few things I’ll be doing in 2013:

  • Delve into certain books and teachers and their approaches to mindful eating and mindfulness. People who approach the work with a strong foundation in mindfulness practice.
  • I put off designing a web site, but hopefully Know Your Hunger will launch in February.
napkin buddha ©VSpain

napkin buddha ©VSpain

Ending this post with a quote that it’s said is often found on the han, the wooden board that’s hit in the Zen tradition to call people to meditation. It’s austere, as Zen is wont to be, but I feel the need to practice as if my hair is on fire. There’s a quote about that but this one is enough for now.

Great is the matter of life and death. Moments go by swiftly and are lost. To squander time is a great shame. Do not waste your life.”

NOTE: We often interpret “not wasting time” as needing to generate more mindless activity (though of course we don’t call it that), but busy-ness isn’t what’s required. Simply make an intention to be awake to what you are doing in every moment. More about intention later, but the conscious intention to be awake and aware is powerful.

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