Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The incredible Lightness of Greyness

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Here are the dense woods behind my house as seen today.

The title to this blog entry has been weaving itself in and out of my mind for a few days now. My blog title is taking a play on words from The Incredible Lightness of Being, a phrase I’d heard but didn’t really know anything about. I just knew in my head what it meant to me. A grounding inside of the person I am and a feeling of peace with myself and my surroundings.

The past few days have been grey. Dim. Dark. No sun. Most people would be complaining, asking ‘where is the sun?’. Not me. I’ve had enough of the sun to last many years in to the future having lived in ‘sunny’ Colorado for the past 30 some-odd years. I know. I’m weird. I love days that are cloudy, rainy, gloomy, stormy. Doesn’t bother me one whit. I feel at peace, one with the world inside my own little space. Happy. Content. I totally welcome the grey, cloudy weather.

I knew the phrase [the incredible lightness of being] and thought it pertained to what I was feeling today, but didn’t really know how much it really rang true until I just now looked it up online. Here is what one search said:

Water, if you don’t stir it, becomes clear, says a Tibetan proverb. Similarly, the mind, if you don’t stir it, finds peace, says Sogyal Rinpoche, the renowned Buddhist teacher…


Well. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Go figure.


Welcome, I'm Lynne. You know me better as a 'new' Jersey Girl. But now I've moved once again, this time to North Carolina. Here I write about my thoughts, good food, and of course, dogs.

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