I gathered and shared a handful of quotes from Jack Kornfield, before we chatted for a bit. Finally, before I carried the calm with me to the airport to fly out on business, we finished off with a poem by Hafiz.
"Even after all this time, The sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.'Sangha meditation is always nice and such a different thing than solo meditation. Our location, which is currently in the home of one of our members, is so perfect for our needs and she makes it so with tea, incense and her lovely home garden. It's a nice place to practice, to be sure!
Look what happens with a Love like that. It lights the whole sky!" ~ Hafiz of Persia
I was able to take that calm away with me as I headed for the airport. It served me well to have meditated prior to driving through Atlanta traffic! I hit a traffic jam and lost about an hour, but I didn't mind. I was still in a meditative state for the drive. I make it a habit, when traveling, to allow tons of time at the airport so that I'm not rushed. I've even written about it before. Often I even visit the Interfaith Chapel in the airport and meditate before or after a trip. On Sunday, once I finally made it to the airport, I enjoyed skipping the train as usual, and walked all the way to the gate. There's some really cool artwork and such you can enjoy in the ATL airport if you're willing to walk!
See you next time!
[note: while I've been meditating daily as part of the challenge still, I've not managed to write regularly the last few days with traveling, so I hope you're still hanging in there. If you don't see my posts daily, don't give up on the challenge…I'll get caught up ASAP!]