“I’m all right Jack keep your hands off…”

Day 111:  Today is about the path of nonattachment.  (Again!) A busy day with money.  It’s expensive to have a big family… to own things… to get sick… so don’t!  Hours on the phone calling people and fixing things.  I hate this kind of stuff. “I don’t want to do it,” says my inner child.  Everyone wants to get their hands on your money and some big checks went out for essentials. It’s not done yet. The tornado is next.  Then Oz.  But, If you have nothing, nothing can be taken, or if you become it – the concept of give and take is irrelevant. It’s like my friend Greg told me when I was concerned that I was being put in a box;  he said, “Be the box.”  Very Zen. This is the continuation of the ‘the big release’; allowing, being – another drop in the Universe. There’s no mine or yours – only ours.

Nonattachment.

“[A]ccording to the Buddhist point of view, nonattachment is exactly the opposite of separation. You need two things in order to have attachment: the thing you’re attaching to, and the person who’s attaching. In nonattachment, on the other hand, there’s unity. There’s unity because there’s nothing to attach to. If you have unified with the whole universe, there’s nothing outside of you, so the notion of attachment becomes absurd. Who will attach to what?”
– John Diado Loori

Upadhi dukkhassa mūlanti, which means “Attachment is the root of suffering.”

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“Flowing” by: Giovanni Rubaltelli

Also published on: Pearls of Wisdom: The Path Toward Transformation
(A personal journey through breast cancer)

The Hero’s Journey

We often hear about something or another that a celebrity has accomplished, their hero’s journey, fighting for others, a cause, a principle, or a personal journey of transformation.  People that come to mind are:
1. Elizabeth Gilbert and her memoir Eat, Pray, Love which has inspired so many others now to embrace their personal journeys
2. Angelina Jolie and her choice to undergo a double mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 breast cancer gene and losing her mother and aunt to the ovarian and breast cancer
3. Other artists like Bono (U2), Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, Sting and others have been working to end poverty, hunger, lack of education, AIDS, and violence.

But heroes come from everyday people through their personal journeys. It doesn’t require selfless acts, to help others, to be a hero. Heroes emerge from the beautiful expression of human frailty and overcoming, or living with, our suffering and transformation. Joseph Campbell says that just the act of being born is an example of heroism.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”  – Anais Nin

“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”  – Joseph Campbell

Minstrels and Muses Press has started a book project to share these stories and photos of inspiration and transformation with others.  My personal journey will be included. We want to hear and share your story too.  If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please contact us.  Let’s celebrate everyday heroes together.

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fred the dolphin

Posted from:  http://pearlsofwisdom.me

Day 41 and a half:   Andrew, this is for you.  I’m so grateful for your phone call, your encouragement, and the gift of laughter. I will wear my new running watch with increased vigor and gratitude for you. This is something we’ve always had, my friend… this wonderful ability to create silly stories (Fred – the dolphin, dropping the mail bag, and the tuna boat). We would laugh until the wee hours of the night over the silliest things.  My favorite story is when we were doing a training run up on the hill behind the main Tech Area and we accidentally run through a nuclear reclamation area.  Remember?  We couldn’t believe that they had GREEN signs warning people to stay out.  “Green means go, not stop or beware!”  And all that ‘pink ribbon’… which later we realized was probably faded RED tape to keep out.  I laughed so hard, I peed myself.

Here’s to the old aspen grove, the Valle Caldera, Yellowstone & Camp 184, Bryce & Zion, running marathons together, the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic railroad, the Cerro Grande fire, how you ran EVERY race at The Race for the Zoo to help the children to finish: you and me on the 10k, you with Eleni on the 5K, the mile run with the boys …and how you got Evan to run a mile in 7 minutes that day.  He was so proud of himself that he shared that experience, and his T-shirt, with pride at his elementary school’s first grade show and share.

You are laughter, joy and love.
Namaste to you.

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