As the world seems - if we are to go by news alone - to be growing more and more unstable, precarious, full of war, violence and terror threats, I notice - beginning with myself - a kind of fatigue and hopelessness that anything will ever really change.
More like: the faces and the methods might change, but the underlying push for power, control and riches has never really changed throughout history.
So it was with a ray of hope that I came across this sentence in Thich Nhat Hanh's new little
book called Silence:
if we are just thinking something...the reality is
that the thoughts going through
our minds also
go out into the world. Just as a candle radiates
heat and light and scent, our thinking
manifests itself in various ways,
including speech and action.
I find this thought very sobering, and full of incentive to become
more mindful in general, though it is a path that has been calling me more and more deeply, especially in this sabbatical time.