Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
It seems the news – local, national, and international – are pretty bleak nowadays. All fury and sound, grandstanding, anger, violence, power-grabbing, and whatnot. And judging from good old Shakespeare, it might have as well been like that since the beginning of time.
So, what’s one to do with such a world?
When the fury and sound become overwhelming, I like to withdraw to a calm and peaceful place to restore my balance. One of those places is Shipka, a small village near my hometown at the foot of the mountains. With steep cobbled streets, a mix of new and old-fashioned houses, neatly tended gardens, a beautiful Memorial Church at the top, and breathtaking vista towards the valley, I have always felt at peace there.
For years, I believed those calm places to be unique to the Bulgarian mountains. Now, older and wiser, I have found my special places everywhere I have traveled – from the obvious mountain peaks and ocean beaches to the unexpected suburban street of a highly developed area. I guess, peace is everywhere if you have eyes for it, and nowhere if you choose not to see.
P.S. To my Jin Shin Jyutsu friends, check out the third picture above with the Saint making a sign with his fingers. Do you recognize the all-powerful and wonderful Mudra No 6 which helps our breathing? Could that be the answer to our troubles? Exhale and let go, then inhale peace and abundance!