Imagine hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens coming out for a parade to celebrate our precious humanity with full sincerity and emotion. Fans of friendship, equanimity, peace, love and collective redemption. Well it happened, sort of, I’m witness here to tell you. “It’s awesome!” 9-year-old Jenna Wieking yelled as her father hoisted her to his shoulders for her first look at such a huge parade. “There are so many fans so close! So many people!” Young Jenna and many, many others wearing variations of orange and black lined Market Street in SF chanting with all their hearts, with civic pride over an ultimate conquest of love over hate and light over darkness. This triumph took the disguise of a children’s game of ball, bat and glove played by Giants, but the togetherness brought about was palpable to our core. On the surface, baseball. But underneath a much more noble recognition.
Some came yesterday and camped out all night for a good spot along the parade route. Others came from afar and arrived early in the morning to get the limited parking spaces. Scores, including me took BART, crowding trains as I’ve not experienced since living in Tokyo. “Look at the diversity … the different faces from different places, the different strokes,” one of the Giants said. “We all had one, how do you say, dream…. You should be proud…I am very proud.” “I love the Giants: Mexicans, Asians, blacks, whites, Native Americans, mixed race people. God bless the United States of America!”; said another.
Sitting here now and reflecting, open-heartedly to cultivate some insight. Hundreds of thousands can come out to celebrate a baseball team’s victory. Somehow I’m finding glimmers of hope for our collective resilience faced with uncertain adversities, socially, economically and environmentally. I imagine it possible for citizens to come out for the benefit of each other, and other living beings that a future is possible. A future in harmony with each other and the environment. A deep down “common sense” of our interbeing nature. Yes, I believe it about something much more than a game of baseball.
From the Zen Order of Interbeing mindfulness trainings I find relevance, personally, from today’s mass gathering:
Knowing that true community is rooted in inclusiveness and in the concrete practice of the harmony of views, thinking and speech, we will practice to share our understanding and experiences with members in our community to arrive at a collective insight.
We are committed to learning and practicing non-attachment to views and being open to others’ experiences and insights in order to benefit from the collective wisdom. Truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn throughout our lives.
Once we have understood our own suffering, we will be able to understand the suffering of others. We are committed to finding ways, including personal contact and using telephone, electronic, audiovisual, and other means, to be with those who suffer, so we can help them transform their suffering into compassion, peace, and joy.
Aware that true happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom, and compassion, we are determined not to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying nor to take as the aim of our life fame, power, wealth, or sensual pleasure, which can bring much suffering and despair.
We are committed to taking care of the energy of anger when it arises, and to recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness.
Aware that life is available only in the present moment, we are committed to training ourselves to live deeply each moment of daily life.
It was quite a wonderful parade, surrounded by so many others alive now, at this wonderful and challenging time. May we all be safe and well into the future. And another wow, this is the second parade in two years; here’s a clip from the last one http://youtu.be/lN3Xc6lUkOo
Acknowledging excerpts in this blog from the SF Chronicle and OI 14 mindfulness trainings.