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Learning to Wait

02/03/2022 09:00:00 AM


Rabbi Scott Hausman Weiss

Experience has taught me that the toughest lessons to learn are the ones we teach with gusto.  I would like to believe that all my meditation practice, training, leading and teaching makes me “a pro” at sitting quietly… waiting for news.  But it doesn’t.  It just makes me a bit more aware of how I missed it again.  Sharon Salzberg teaches that “healing is in the return.”  How annoying is that?  Meditation is one of those things, the better you get at it is measured by how attuned you are to when you’re not doing it well AND how willing and able you are to return to the effort.    This has been on my mind a lot today.  I pray that life isn’t testing you too greatly; and when it does, that you’re willing to ride the wave to master the surf.  

This Moment

It’s the waiting
That’s the toughest part of life
The living with the ambiguity 
is the stuff we wish to avoid
Sometimes at all costs
But as we do, 
we suffer… 
and with very little gain
Fantasy takes us in the direction of a 
Cliff too high to jump from
And dread to a cave too dark to see
Horizons and darkness are heavenly spaces in which to get lost
But we don’t get heaven or hell.
They aren’t states we get to claim,
Not for me or for you.
It’s never the best of times and the worst
Life’s just a conglomeration of moments 
With exclusive invitations to “come as you are”
How ready am I to BE here?
How willing?
How wonder-fulled it is, regardless of the news 
When we can know through sensing this moment, 
and uncovering the truths it bears?


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