summer solstice #13 2010

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13-leek.jpg"There is an argument to be made for doubt, for hesitation, for some practice of inquisition that cannot be answered instantaneously. Graciousness to the unknown is a keystone to Buddhist practice; implicit in the acceptance of the unknown is the ability to inhabit the present moment. Or being present for openness. In her meditation on the subject, Pema Chodron writes, 'We can bring ourselves back to the spiritual path countless times every day simply by exercising our willingness to rest in the uncertainty of the present moment--over and over again.' Which is also a way of saying that uncertainty doesn't belong to any particular precinct; it doesn't inhabit any established place in our lives, any single book, week, relationship, meal, trip, time, experience, thought, feeling. Rather, it is everywhere, like the fog, like the moss, like the current." The Ecology of Uncertainty, Akiko Busch

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