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Lions Roar : July 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2008 34 movie, and grab at it because you know that it will be gone before you know it. Summer is a time of wilting—heat and humidity so strong that you get wrung dry and turn into something of a puddle yourself. It’s impossible to move, but in Japan everyone is always moving, and so you witness a kind of frenzied movement to no avail that is the equivalent of the cricket’s ceaseless chirping (so evocative when you first hear it, so poetic when met on the page, so deafening when it goes on and on into September). Winter is the time of remaking—snow covering up the surfaces, so you’re tempt- ed to assume they’re new. It’s the time of going inward, even though the rich, in- vigorating blue skies keep summoning you out. Everyone is bundled up, mouths covered with masks, hands disappearing in gloves, layers above layers till all you can see is the breath emerging from their lips. And then the plum blossoms begin to appear on the trees in February, white and pink, quieter than the cherry blossoms, and you see that all the layers will come off again, and everyone will be the same as they were before. Except they won’t. Which is the great lesson of autumn. They’re one step clos- er to death. You run toward them in the spring, you’re glad to see the girl in them again, you welcome them back to the sea- son of eros and young growth and flow- ering. But they have edged imperceptibly closer to the time when they will not vis- ibly come again, and so have you. And in autumn you see how the whole ceaseless The writer watches his own moods, and sees how much he cannot trust. Nothing really has to be held on to, and yet—as the spring has taught him—therein lies its preciousness. Finding Inner Peace through Reflection, Journaling, and Meditation A powerful guidebook for awakening “A wise, compassionate and objective road map through our physical, mental, emo- tional and spiritual lives.” —Charlotte Bell, author of Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life Laura Wright insightfully weaves classic Bud- dhist teachings with modern wisdom to provide readers with skillful means for mov- ing beyond their limiting concepts of self. Available at neighborhood and online bookstores Trade paperback, 6” x 9”, 272 pages 978-0 -9787757-6 -6 • $15.95 Bristlecone Publishing JULY 18-39.indd 34 JULY 18-39.indd 34 4/25/08 11:57:03 AM 4/25/08 11:57:03 AM