Realizing emptiness realizes peace.
This New Year, I resolve to work backwards. Instead of acting, or, really, reacting to the five senses, I vow to see their trickery and live accordingly.
Awakening together involves dissolving self and other.
"Where there is perception, there is deception."
My hut is not the destination to meaning.
"I only see what I wanna see; My blanket covers me."
Our identity evolves around endless labels.
Comedian Trevor Noah explores cultural oddities from the eyes of non-Zambians.
In the most passionate of ways, we tenderly bathed one another in the earth below our buttocks. We talked about healing each with our love, about using that combined love to heal other human beings, and using a joint love in humanity to restore our greatest gift, Mother Earth.
It is impossible to know when epiphanies happen, especially when trying to be detected from a third party. Likely, it was not even such an event. I truly think it was encapsulated within, a seed in a vault not given an opportunity to become something beautiful, a gift to the ecosystem, sacrificing itself for the nutrient of everything it could come in contact with. But for me, the flowering moment happened when we attended a Peace Corps sponsored event in Lusaka learning about Grass Roots Soccer (GRS), an interactive outreach program to teach youths about HIV/AIDS.
As the sun rises, we sweep the yard. Dust lifts into the sky attempting to hold up a full moon's departure.
It oozes from every breath. Why, then, does it fade- inspiration?
I remember the feeling because it is incredibly evocative. Like the joy people feel when receiving a gift of kindness. It is, unfortunately, a seemingly diminishing exchange between two people; the receiver overwhelmed with gratitude, eyes lit up from excitement, laughs full of meaning- maybe mixed with emotions of love; the giver looking onward in anticipation, an idea delivered, a human emanating acceptance.
"Overcome anger by non-anger. Conquer evil by goodness. Counter the stingy with a gift, and the liar with truth." But, foremost, conquer all suffering by releasing from the self.
When does it begin? When will it stop? Is it not up to me to decide? Or is it designed for some other manipulative purpose?
In the village, my presence signifies opportunity. It is the missing piece, the plight's panacea. It is true, it is proven. My village name is Bupe, Gift.
Growth depends on well calibrated maps. When I ask questions it is inquisitiveness at the wheel. Driving for the sake of learning, the gas pedal of curiosity determines the velocity of discovery, while timely braking allows for safe navigation over speed bumps. The destination is a fulgent horizon, where inspiration meets action.
As sufferers living in anger, greed, and delusion, the tools to overcome exist. In this life, no matter our background, we can live peacefully. Through examining our self, the source of it all, we can learn to be patient, we can live happily, and as a community understanding this, we will live in harmony.
Africa is known for exotic animals, big game, and scary creatures. As a blend of work and play, I spent a day at Kalimba Reptile Park to see how fish are harvested, learn about other fish pond things, and have my pants scared off by crocodiles and snakes that call Zambia home. I'm boarding the next flight out of here!