Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Friday, January 25, 2013

Daily Musing - January 25th, 2013 - Sanctuary - 避難所 - Bìnàn suǒ

Sanctuary - 避難所 - Bìnàn suǒ

A beautiful day obscured
behind a choking, orange haze-
Observable from space, and yet,
ignored by the vast majority of people
not currently under the cloud.
The industrial world set the precedent,
while the developing world did its best
to adapt and accumulate wealth,
not realizing the catastrophic consequences.

No place on Earth can provide sanctuary
once the toxins fully take hold.
Take your turn, today,
to limit the damage-
we all can only do so much, alone,
but together,
we may be able to salvage

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

This world is turbulent. There are days where we wish to be afforded some tranquility, but this is not always possible. When we are blessed with a moment of peace, we should rest and strive to take advantage of the fortuitous situation. Sometimes, we may catch sight of a glorious sunset, when the sun dips below the horizon and we sense the change in the atmosphere from afternoon to dusk. At other times, we may stumble upon a secret place, like the venerable sages meditating amongst on a lonely mountaintop or in a sacred grove. The comfort these places and times provide is quite mysterious.

In such private places, we can more easily find peace. Such stillness is precious, as when we notice the trickle of the stream running alongside the path. We were too busy to hear it before. Indeed, our activities wear us out, such that we forget our need for recharging.

Renewal is a profoundly important tonic to cure our spiritual and physical ailments. With sanctuary and rest, we can prepare to move forward.