Life is both dreadful and wonderful. To practice meditation is to be in touch with both aspects. ~Thich Nhat Hanh, from Being Peace
This so-called independence day is perfect for liberating thoughts and feelings of ill-being from body, heart and mind. Triple digit, record-setting temperatures offering added fuel to inner fires. Primal fears and desires of survival kicking in. Red-faced, blood to the surface, beads of sweat, evaporative, heat regulation systems, go.
Smiling inside to observed success experiencing heat’s discomfort. In an instant, mindfulness seems lost. Then, snapping back into the moment. Perceiving the will to live. To live with what is happening, now. What is happening is fulfilling a want to refresh; to be in the physical comfort zone. A short drive to the lake where cooling waters beckon to meet this need.
Ah, sensed joy from arriving at the lake gives way to immense happiness of being in water. Splash, cool, relaxation. Slipping in the kayak, paddling into the breeze. Hair would be blowing were it long enough. Letting soaring scavengers devour illusions, dead mental formations and emotion. Buzzard’s feast leaves me lighter, comfortable, refreshed. Only a happy shoulder/arm soreness remnant remains. Breathing in, feeling cool and free. Breathing out, aware in this moment of independence day.