Friday 1st Week Lent 2015

PHOTO: LAURENCE FREEMAN
 
Matthew 9:14-15: The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to say no and a time to say yes. A time to meditate and a time to put your feet up or go out with friends or read a book. A time to call and a time to be silent. A time to explore the world and a time to stay at home.

Of course we all know that, after the age of twenty anyway. The stream of time is composed of waves not flat lines. Waves are produced by tides and winds which are not always predictable; and we know that they produce variables that no management consultant part of the brain can predict. So don’t pay that part of your consciousness too much in advance.

You need to be in the now moment in order to ride the present wave and make the right response to the actual situation. This comes not only from the executive function of your pre-frontal cortex but also from the other lobes where you don’t think because you ‘just know’ and there you know justly.

Trusting to that intuitiveness is difficult for modern executives because it seems that we can pay for anything including certainty. 2008? Tsunami? Of course a part of our mind says “come off it. You know you can’t know for sure that’s not going to happen. Be awake. Be ready. Trim your wicks”. But like the astrologers and Tarot-readers off Wall Street the mind craves the touchstone of fantasy even when it dissolves as soon as we touch it.

The day will come when the one we love most – the bridegroom – will not be there with us. This bridegroom said it was good for us that he was going away. Everything is impermanent. But so is impermanence. Hang in there and ride the wave.

Daily meditation is the way we ride the wave – the waves – of life.
 
 
With love
Laurence
 
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