A few days ago I published a post titled Searching For a Handhold. The following conversation ensued in the comments to that post with the woman climber, unknown to me at the time of writing. I thought it worth bringing the comments together to make a post because it demonstrates how ‘refuge’ works. There is a back and forth, a conversation which draws out wisdoms. From both parties. Refuge is not a onesided business.
I love the image of Kasia on the rock so much, here it is again so we can connect with it all over again.
Mugo, Love how you managed to grasp all my life struggle just by seeing the image of me climbing. Feels like your message comes to me in the right moment. Thank you. Kasia
Dear Kasia, what I saw in looking at the image of you in the rock was a body moving well and a focused mind, body and mind working together. I saw that at that moment the photograph was taken a person who is awake, alert and intent on making the next good move. Then I used that example to talk about how in life one can get stuck ‘gripped out’ i.e. stuck or confused and how being as you were on the rock is an example of how to get ‘unstuck’. I didn’t see a person with an inner life struggle, I don’t think I have that kind of insight. What can happen though is that while doing some kind of skilled activity, such as rock climbing, playing an instrument, gymnastics etc. one can function fabulously and then when that activity is over….lifes troubles come into focus and intention flies out the window. So, if this post has helped you I am happy. Several people have identified with the message of the post.
For those who might be interested, I tend not to know what the message of a post is when I start typing. The message or ‘teaching’ emerges as I write and I’m frequently surprised at what the message is! Mugo
Rev. Mugo, You are absolutely right. At that moment I was focused, my body, mind and heart were as one. Nothing was distracting me and I know what I was going for. The question is, yes how to move this into everyday life, then we not get distracted and stay in that pure consciousness. Kasia
Dear Kasia, I really don’t think we are trying to achieve a certain state of mind or consciousness in either daily life living or through some kind of focused activity. Not in formal meditation for sure. As I said in yesterdays post ‘Anicha is our friend’. Everything changes, all is impermanent especially ‘states of mind’. I’ll not say more now but it is so good to be having this conversation with you. May it continue.