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March 9, 2017

Weather is one of the most compelling images used in the instruction of meditation. In Portland, we were hit with a very long, hard winter, with one ice storm after the next, loads of rain and temperatures not rising above 50 degrees for months on end. This is not what we expect in Portland, which is, for the most part, a very temperate climate. Sometimes when we meditate, we also experience the unexpected. Who knew that we had so many thoughts? And how unruly they could be? Some people say that they cannot meditate, that they have too wild a mind. There have been times this winter when I have thought, I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE! But the fact is, barring any overwhelming depression, we can take it. We can handle the crazy weather of our minds.


When we are secure in knowing that thoughts come and go like clouds across the sky, there is a kind of contentment that arises. We know that, while we can’t control our experience, we can observe the contents in gentle contentment. Spring WILL come again. The flowers will bloom. The sun will shine. Even now, we see the buds forming on the branches. The seeds of self love have been sown and the patience that is cultivated through the discipline of simple observation brings the fruit of compassion. Having understood the truth of weather, we can begin to take part in the feast.

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