What were they doing in Carbondale, Illinois, when they wept at the sight of the eclipse? They were celebrating the rule of law.
Like attracts like. If you want love, be love. The ‘one love’ poets sing about? It’s the love you express. There is no other love than that.
Life is a near-entirety of ordinary moments. Can we inhabit an ordinary moment without pining for a less ordinary moment, filling it with content or using it as a means to a more stimulating moment?
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
It’s not a building, the temple; it’s an ordinary moment.
There comes a time when doing nothing is the best and most curative course. The Chinese term for this is wu wei: action-less activity. Our word is consciousness: awareness without thought. At its purest and most distilled, doing nothing is a state of whole-heartedness, of resolute integrity.
Stones have sermons.
Words are just words, of course, but a few seem to roost at a higher elevation. “Yield,” for example. We’ll get out the binoculars for that one.