Published June 12th, 2015
As I was happily strolling toward Vine Pergola today, I noticed something different. There was a veritable cacophony in the air. The harsh noises did not come from birds, insects or other sounds of tropical jungles, but rather from a power (pressure) washer being used to clean the sidewalk at Fairchild Gardens and a leaf blower across the street being used to spiffy up some lawns in Coral Gables. My usual walking meditation through Vine Pergola in peace and quiet was going to be very different today. What to do?
My first emotion was anger: whatever happened to brooms and rakes? They are so much quieter and provides us with a nice workout freeing us up from time spent at the gym. My next emotion was sadness, I treasure my Friday mornings at Fairchild Gardens being immersed in nature and all of its sights, smells and sounds.
Then I remember what I tell my students when I teach meditation: "In the beginning, when you first start a meditation practice, make it as easy on yourself as possible, find a quiet place so that you can close your eyes and repeat your mantra without too many distractions that bring your mind to thoughts. Eventually, when you get very practiced, you will be able to meditate in downtown Miami, on a New York subway, in the middle of chaos. Your inner world learns how to find peace and quiet, even as your outer world swirls about."
Here was my chance to practice. As I walked into the same Pergola as last week and the weeks before, with the same pillar structures and continuously transforming plants and vines, I felt the familiarity of her comfortable energy. It is a breezy day in Miami, although quite warm and muggy with some clouds to filter the hot sun. The breeze through the vines cooled the air substantially, it was a lovely walk. The noises from the power washer and leaf blower were ridiculously loud, like the manufacturers of those products intentionally wanted to be heard. I thought about how life is not easy, a lot of the time. My week had been filled with miscommunications, Internet and on-line failures, missed appointments due to colleagues' emergencies in their homes, and other disappointments.
And then, as I was almost at the end of Vine Pergola, the power washer and leaf blower stopped making noise, almost simultaneously. An incredible peace and quiet filled the air. I stopped, and soaked it in, appreciating it so much more than if the peace and quiet had been there all along.
So many sayings came to me this morning in Vine Pergola, I'll share a few that I remember:
In my world nothing goes wrong. And soon, this can become our world.
Go with the flow.
This is life.
Life is a practice, make the best of every opportunity it presents you.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Oh, and one thought too..."is someone working on a patent for power washers and leaf blowers with silent motors???"
Have a great weekend my friends.