The priory is close to a main north-south road, the bus service is good and somebody donated a bus pass for October which has come in handy. Last winter I had the loan of a car and I’d thought not having one this year would be an obstacle to getting business done. In actual fact not having one has proved, so far, to be a positive thing. Years ago, in the 1970’s, I sold my car and traveled by bicycle, a ten speed touring one. At first it was a bit of a wrench however there we plus sides too. It was liberating to be able to use the cycle lanes in heavy city traffic and get to work faster, to not have to be concerned with finding a parking space and, for long trips, the advantage of taking the bike on the train for free. Now I find that foot and bus travel brings me directly in contact with the ‘heart-beat’ of the place and people. That is good.
The other evening one of the people, a person, who comes (on foot) to meditate here said something simple, yet inspiring. Here it is, “I came to it myself-that accepting, ‘whatever’ (physical pain, emotions, my present circumstances), doesn’t mean liking it!” Simple yet true. Yesterday he came in the door of the priory with a 17 pound bag of bird seed in his arms. I thought he had carried it ten blocks, but he hadn’t. He had asked a friend for help and he’d got a ride (a lift as we say in Britain). So, acceptance has an active side to it too. Right?