A note from Carl:
Greetings from a chilly, September-feeling morning on Cape Cod! Erin and I traveled here for our annual visit to family and the land of Mary Oliver. (Even though she has moved to Florida, it still feels like she is here in the ponds, the birds, the stones and bones on the beaches.)
We have often shared our love of Brother David Steidl Rast, and the great value of cultivating gratitude as a central foundation in our practice and in our lives.
Recently, Erin and I have been doing an experiment of watching one our favorite 5-minute videos featuring Brother David as part of our daily practice. I have watched this video probably 75 times, and each time there is a kind of inner-reset, along with a fresh blossoming of insight.
On the day before we flew East, the following line landed for me in a new way, and has been living in me as I make my way through airports, stores, beaches- all the interactions I have had with the faces of of unknown people.
“Each person has an has an incredible story behind their face, a story you could never fully fathom. Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors…we all go back so far. In this present moment, on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here, like a life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.”
It can be humbling to walk through an airport and notice how much judgement and evaluation can go on in seeing all these other people. Noticing who is pissed and hurrying, who is attractive, who seems like they are from a similar or very different tribe, who is schlumped over a smart phone (most), which families are fighting, the rare smiling, radiant beings. These judgements can be endless, and feel so automatic.
This week’s trip though the airport felt so different with that line from Brother David alive in me. Every face I took in was this kind of miracle, this incredible story of love and loss, and countless generations streaming from many far-flung lands and in this moment, shining through this man in that row of the plane, or through this child screaming and the young mom trying to comfort him, shining through the flight attendant’s face as she dances with all of the needs of the passengers.
This was truly a life-giving stream, and I drank.
Would you like a sip?
Here is the video if you need a refresher. It’s just over 5 minutes long and well worth a watch (even if it’s your 76th time. :) )
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