There I was - this is a true story, lost before breakfast. I had already missed a night bus by one minute, it was two minutes early and empty. Pah! Luckily I was on retreat only a minute from the bus stop. Time to go back and plan night time getting lost. Yep not using a mobile phone with 'where am I' GPS has its perks.
I had water. A map of sorts. It was dark but I would be back at the latest for brunch. I walked to and around Crystal Palace Park, which I was familiar with. I decided to extend my walk. Ended up in Dulwich, went in some woods. Came out somewhere else, lost.
Oops. Unfamiliar territory, where is that? Is it being in the dark, unknowing? I have been travelling too safely. Knowing my routes. I need a path less well travelled. I need to be a lone rambler, where being lost is part of my rescue plan.
Luckily being in London, directions, busy helpers and signs are everywhere. I was back for non vegan breakfast. Found I was never really lost at all.
In an overly complicated world that we have created with our complex brains, it is refreshing to return to the basics of dharma and practice. I have found that simplification and letting go have been such a huge help. Returning to the very basics of buddhism, the 4NTs and the eightfold path along with mindfulness and the practical application of buddhism in my daily life have been a huge source of strength and relief. Today I try to live as much as possible for each moment, enjoy simplicity, and use my thinking as a tool that serves me when I need it only.
Acceptance is something else I have been working on. I am learning how to change what I can and accept what I cannot change. As human beings we all suffer, we all have difficulties. I would like this post to be a huge THANK YOU to the three jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. A gratititude that I found myself born into this human existence and was able to discover the dharma. I would like this post to also be a thank you for all who have helped me ( knowingly or unknowingly). Finally I would like this post to be my forgiveness of others and asking others for forgiveness. Here I am. Thank you.
I wish you Love, health, happiness and peace of mind.