The vitriol of this election cycle shot up my blood pressure, so I walked away from the noise by:
- Unplugging the TV—permanently
- Reading select sources subscribing to Shane Snow’s boiled-down version of journalism’s code of ethics: “a) seek the truth as fully as possible; b) act independently; c) seek to minimize harm and behave responsibly; and d) be accountable.”
- Disengaging from political “discourse” on Facebook and Twitter
- Engaging a mindfulness coach
- Stepping daily through a garden’s life cycles
- Sitting quietly at dawn with my fingers tuned to the contented hum of my cat’s throat
- Returning to a daily yoga practice
- Uninviting anger banging at my virtual door (i.e., misappropriating Jean Paul Sartre’s version of “l’enfer, c’est les autres” from No Exit comes in handy)
- Flowing with Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching day into night
- Reaching for God by remembering those who lived by “doing the right thing“—sans ego
- Reflecting on Albert Camus’ The Plague: . . . “there is no true goodness or fine love without the greatest possible degree of clear-sightedness.”
Do I sleep soundly at night? Well, I’m getting there. It’s called a separate peace.
Above photos by Limin Kung
Daily Post Prompt: Second Thoughts —I have none when it comes to these life fundamentals.