Thursday, 4 June 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

Toronto, Ontario

Is It All Over?

Just prior to my evening walk, our group from the temple ashram pulled out our instruments for another bang of musical sounds to salute the Health Caretakers contending with and tending to the Covid virus. I thought we sounded good but tonight we appeared to be the only ones on the street bearing paraphernalia to create some sound.

It seemed strange to us. Are the neighbours all through with connecting to one another? Does everyone want to just go back to normal?

Those of us from the ashram were initially motivated by the enthusiasm of some of the folks down the street. We came on board a couple of weeks after they started the tradition and a beautiful cultural practice became an everyday reality. The music we have been projecting can be seen as a celebration to the good side of humanity. Even if we, or when we, starve off or eradicate the little demon, Covid-19, might it be possible to salute those who sacrifice?

When I did actually take my walk, I came to the juncture of Yonge and Bloor and reminded myself that I have a cousin, Correy, who lives in a condo just east of the intersection. I called her and we spoke. She informed me of the riots going on south of the border. That tragedy is consuming people’s minds in the U.S.

“But here in Canada,” said Correy, “we are occupied with Covid.”

It does sound like a mundane world. People do seem to be enveloped in the negative. While this is true of life as we know it, there is also a flip-side. Yes, smell the spring aromas. Touch both truths. Don’t just hang around in one.

May the Source be with you!
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