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Howling to the Moon & Taking the Long View

April 6th, 2020

In this session, I explore the second of Peter Cawston’s suggestions. See last week’s tea for an exploration of the first. Here are all four of his ‘landmarks’:

Refuse, Revel, Accept, Midwife, and Choose!

A friend, a GP on the front line of health care in Scotland, has offered these suggestions – landmarks he’s called them – points of reference for our thoughts at this time:

– Refuse to let this thing rob you of your life: revel in every moment of bliss that you can, acknowledge and allow every sad or frightened feeling as also sacred.

– Accept this opportunity to become more at peace with the prospect your own death, learn to accept the small possibility that it might be sooner rather than later.

– Be a midwife of the new as well as a hospice worker to the old: while much suffering arises from loss, give your love and energy also to activities that point to what is to come.

– Choose to make sense of this apparent catastrophe as humanity’s last chance to avert a much greater disaster. From the collapse of the old economic order commit to building the earth-wise, conscious, connected and enduring society that will follow.

~ Peter Cawston

In the following two Tea sessions, I will explore each of the second two suggestions.

In preparing this Tea, I synchronously received David at Raptutide’s blog post. See:

He presents a ‘thought experiment’ based on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, explaining that “All problems exist within a context that dwarfs them, but often we’re too close to see it.” In the experiment, which can easily become a meditation, we become aware of the wider context, and this can relieve our anxiety. If you are experiencing anxiety related to the epidemic, The Institute of Psychosynthesis is offering a free telephone support service. They are great people. You can find details here:…

If you’d like details of the Home Retreat I mention, The Garden of Flowing in Perpetual Happiness. Details are here.

One Response to “Howling to the Moon & Taking the Long View”

  1. Greetings 🙂 Yes, i have watched “Meet Joe Black” (with Brad Pitt/Anthony Hopkins) about every couple of years since it came out. Thanks for reminding me to Howl @ the moon. I love the story of the community doing that, & have enjoyed doing it at Full Moon Gatherings & with friends 🙂 Blessings /|\

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