This profound writing by Pema Chodron, a wonderful and wise Buddhist nun and teacher.
What Is Freedom -- But it's not impermanence per se, or even knowing we're going to die, that is the cause of our suffering, the Buddha taught. Rather, it's our resistance to the fundamental uncertainty of our situation. Our discomfort arises from all of our efforts to put ground under our feet, to realize our dream of constant okayness. When we resist change, it's called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that's called enlightenment, or awakening, to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for this is freedom -- freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.
Here is a quote by Charlie Musselwhite, the fabulous blues harmonica player who is sometimes referred to as "Memphis Charlie" and who has a fascinating bio. The quote speaks of the blues genre and says exactly what is true and it was offered by Dan Forte, ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award winner for excellence in music journalism. It says: "The blues is your buddy in good times and your comforter in bad times. It empowers you to keep going. It is secular spiritual music, the gospel blues. It's music from the heart instead of the head." To which I say "Amen". I write, sing, and play other genres of music -- each for its own reason and purpose ... love songs to tell my secrets, jazz as a mental work-out, latinesque for its excitement ... but blues is exactly what Charlie says it is and that's why I love it.
Hello, I'm Clara the Lady Wolf, life-long singer-musician (keys and bass) and songwriter. The moniker is linked to my affinity to the wolf, its expressive wide-range voice, and a thread of Native American ancestry. I teach piano and have a Ph.D. in holistic health, do solo performances and love to jam with other musicians; also I do a bit of hand-drumming.
My other life-long endeavor is advocating on behalf of animals and nature. For 13 years I presented a humane education program throughout east Tennessee. If I were wealthy, I would be a major philanthropist. Currently, I am a minor one, but doing my best.
Please visit www.claralandau.com to hear some of my songs and see pictures. You also can find me and many of my songs on Reverbnation and on Sound Cloud.
My video Love vs Warzilla is on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OltBCIZ6Gxw; it has my speech followed by my song I Love All The Voices. I am a serious subscriber to Love -- both the altruistic and personal modes!
I encourage you to send your blog comments along to me :)