Each season brings its joys and challenges. What we can bring to each season is our ability to act, not react. While living on the east coast of the United States of America, one of the things I came to appreciate was the distinct seasons. As a native of Southern California, this was new to me. While living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, it was lovely to watch how the leaves of certain trees steadily changed with the seasons in an ongoing cycle of birth, growth, decline, death, and rebirth. Each day, and every life, experiences these seasons. Meditation allows us to experience each season with simplicity and grace. Like the enduring trees, and other aspects of nature, we can move through each cycle while awake to the larger web of the natural order. Know endurance. Experience balance. Enjoy the journey.
anthony glenn miller
When society changes
from its natural state of flux,
to that which seems like chaos,
the inner world of the superior man
remains uncluttered and at peace.
By remaining still, his self detatched,
he aids society in its return
to the way of nature and of peace.
The value of his insight may be clearly seen
when chaos ceases.
Chapter 16 – Tao Te Ching
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8