#1 - I learned today that Stephen Levine died a couple months ago. I was reminded of a moment in my car, maybe 15 years ago, when I was listening to an audio tape of his. A woman asked him a question and it was through his response that I experienced both the depth of my judgements and a well of compassion.
I had never heard anyone respond to another human being in such a caring manner.
I didn't even know such things were possible.
#2 -"Are you ready to do the puzzle Gampa?"
#3- I asked my niece how she knew how to do a rather complicated origami. She said she learned from the instructions.
"But the instructions aren't here," I replied.
"I remember," she said pointing to her head, "like you when you are driving."
#4 - Not only the letter but getting clearance to share these lines-
As I contemplated what I'm displaying here it doesn't quite match how I'm feeling. Today I feel pretty ho hum.
So there is how it feels and what I'm reaching towards, again and again, with practice.
#5 - A Rilke quote I came across on Krishna Das's website -