Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Safety of Mindfulness

As I get ready to fly to France to go visit my mother, the word 'safety' keeps popping up in my mind. 

A note from my daughter on the kitchen table wishing me safe travels.

The horrific story of the Sandy Brooks shooting, and the shattered sense of safety it has re-awakened in our collective consciousness.

Safety as in loving kindness prayer:

May I be safe
May I be at peace
May I be at ease
etc . . . 

And last, and most importantly, the safety to be found in mindfulness practice.

Wherever I am, wherever I go, and regardless of external circumstances, dwelling in awareness is the ultimate refuge and protection from mind's troubled waters and from the unsatisfactoriness of an unpredictable world. 


  1. yes wishing you safe travels, a peaceful mind and a sweet visit with your mom.

  2. Belated thanks, Carole! I am just catching up now with responding back to comments here on this blog. One of my resolution this year, is to spend more time here, reflecting and sharing as I have in the past. Mindful blogging is such an important part of practice I have found . . . and I am very grateful for faithful Dharma brothers and sisters such as yourself, for your steady support.