Body taken over by cold, gives me an opportunity to ponder the question:
"Whose body is it?"
Teary eyes, tiredness, congested chest, sore limbs, headache, runny nose . . . are not experiences I would choose, if it was up to me.
And another question:
"Where does my self end and begin?"
Prad got cold while we were in Paris, and I got it from him. Proof that we are not separate organisms, but instead part of the whole. Breathing the same air. Viruses going in an out freely, from cells to cells, with no regard for our man-made IDs.
And yet another question:
"Who is the person experiencing cold this morning?"
Obviously not the same as yesterday, when I was healthy. My whole self has been altered. Different thoughts, different emotions, different sensations, different awareness even.
Three big questions, embedded in one little cold . . .
- Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery
- Dhamma Dena Retreat Center
- Green Gulch
- Insight Meditation Center
- Insight Meditation Society
- Metta Forest Monastery
- Plum Village
- San Francisco Insight
- San Francisco Zen Center
- Saranaloka Foundation
- Sati Center
- Shinzen Young
- Spirit Rock
- Stanford Ho Center for Buddhist Studies
- Zen Heart Sangha