The bookshop is always my first port of call in an airport to equip myself with a book, or more likely than not several magazines in Italian, so that I can at least both keep my Italian from going rusty and keep up with the current news. I bought copies of La Gente,and an interesting one called Focus Storia which has a subtitle: "Scoprire il Passato e Capire il Presente," which translates as Focus on History: Discover the past, Understand the Present." There is a lot of truth in that maxim, as I have expressed many times in these posts.
|Isca at night. Sundown on the Mountains of Sila|
As I was coming through Rome earlier this morning on the 7.30 A.M. bus I let my eyes scan the balconies of the various apartamenti. Many of the Romani were obviously already up and "at it" as it were even at this early hour. Many of them had there own little gardens on their balconies many storeys up. I espied one man cleaning his, another man just looking out over his morning kingdom and a woman tending to her plants. Even in the noise of modern Rome (and ancient Rome, I'd say was noisy too, but with less pollution) oases of peace are possible. All it needs is a willing heart to find it.
Cultivating silence (like cultivating a garden, even if it is on a balkcony ten storeys up) is essentially all about healing. In a world of competition, stress and the clamour for ever more success, compassion for others and indeed compassion for the self is very hard to manage. By cultivating moments of silence and quiet in your life no matter where you are or no matter with how many people you are is a necessity today because it allows our soul to heal and it allows us to have compassion on our very own inner being, call it heart or soul or spirit or mind or psyche, and indeed is quite easy to do with a little practice. If you begin to try it, you will find that on every next trial it gets easier and easier.
This is my short meditation here amongst all these people, and also a trial of my mobile internet device Tim Alice. Alla prossima volta amici a Dublino, Irlanda, Ciao, Ciao!!