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    I am enjoying exploring and it mirrors my own experience. I also have a meditation practice that is still transforming how I deal with the world.

    In practice the world has become distracted by all the "things" and has become lazy in the art of loving.

    I follow a practice developed by Eknath Easwaran who died in 1999 but he lives on in his writing. He wrote a small book called Thought for the Day that is available on line. Yesterdays thought was:

    One that is not prepared to suffer all things, and to stand to the will of the Beloved, is not worthy to be called a lover of God. A lover ought to embrace willingly all that is hard and distasteful, for the sake of the Beloved; and not to turn away for any contrary accidents.
       – THOMAS A KEMPIS

    Love is a sacred skill that we must work to maintain. And learning to bear up under changes in attitude and circumstance with an inner toughness is the best practice for loving. If we do not develop this kind of toughness, our love will not be strong enough to support the weight of close relationships.
    One of my quarrels with contemporary civilization is the way it trivializes life. We have very little left that is sacred. In a scientifically advanced era, with the benefit of culture and education, we should grieve to discover that our love barely scratches the surface of life – no wonder, then, that it fails to nourish us. Loving is already something of a lost art.
    When we finally realize we are missing out on something sacred, we may no longer know where to turn. Love is so exquisitely elusive. It cannot be bought, cannot be badgered, cannot be hijacked. It is available only in one rare form: as the natural response of a healthy mind and healthy heart.

    OWS is a natural response of healthy minds and healthy hearts and is a cry from the heart.

    Back to your link: I loved how you explored the boundary of the formed and the formless. Life is the flickering back and forth between the two. Love is not real unless acted upon into some form, yet it is not in the form. It is in the transformation of the form by the formless. We must listen to that inner source of creativity to discover what responses are possible.

    For me meditation - I came to it late - is how I learn to train myself to listen for that response as it forms inside me.

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