Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dipping My Toe In The Water

If all the rain that I have seen in the last two days were snow I would be under about ten feet of snow right now waiting to be rescued. It is late on Wednesday afternoon as I begin to write these thoughts. I'm a little weary. I am listening to a Miles Davis CD called "Bitches Brew". This may be my all time favorite Miles Davis CD. Most of the players on it have become famous in their own right. It is considered a classic CD. It came out in 1969. It was one of the first so called "jazz fusion" albums. I think the first was also a Miles Davis CD and it was called "In a Silent Way". Jazz fusion is basically a marriage of jazz and rock and roll. This CD was my introduction to Miles Davis. Later, and over the years, I have gone back and explored much of his other music. I still have memories of being in my late teens, driving around with my friends in a Ford Galaxie 500 that belonged to one of our Dad's. It had an eight track tape player and we jammed with Miles Davis on a regular basis. I can't tell any more of the story on grounds that it will incriminate me. One or two of my readers were with me in those days so they are probably smiling right now. We smiled and laughed a lot in those youthful days.

Today is the first day of Spring. It is also Holy Thursday. This begins the holiest long weekend in the liturgical year for all Christians.

I have dipped my toe into the waters of the Tao Te Ching. The first chapter encourages the reader to enjoy the mystery of life. We are told to "let the world unfold without always attempting to figure it all out. Don't try so hard to make something work, simply allow it to work. When expectations are shattered, practice allowing that to be the way it is. Relax, let go, allow, and recognize that some of your desires are about how you think your world should be, rather than how it is in that moment. Judge less and listen more. Take time to open your mind to the fascinating mystery and uncertainty that we all experience.

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