Coffee shop life…

I am sitting writing in a coffee shop… When we come to Winchmore Hill we take up residency in the Larder, but on Mondays it is closed, so I am sitting in a another, surrounded by much deliciousness and chatter and plenty…

Plenty of people and food and choices of smoothies, brownies, healthy meals and coffees…

Life is a coffee shop now, for so many… Or a bar.

As humans much of our life has always been spent preparing and eating food, and now there is more emphasis too on drinking coffee – and then enjoying more food and beer and wine – and more coffee.

And the workplace now doesn’t necessarily need to be in a workplace anymore, it can be wherever there is wifi; often in coffee bars – the world is changing…

But the world has always been changing for time immemorial – change is constant, movement is forever – Heraclitus the Greek philosopher known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe said…

“The way up and the way down are one and the same. Living and dead, waking and sleeping, young and old, are the same.”

Because of course there is seeming imbalance; to plenty, there is famine… To extreme wealth, there is poverty, to the light the dark.

To create the perfect balance, of yin and yang.

And we are also reminded that everything is unfolding as it should… Which of course doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be endeavouring to live fully, to care about things, to shift and change and grow and engage in passionately in projects; to make a difference, to make changes…

To be the change, to be the difference…..

Whilst accepting what is in every moment…

And so we continue to tread the earth plane, as we have always done… Waking and sleeping, feasting and experiencing famine…

Banqueting and fasting, winning and losing… Loving and hating; in war and peace…

And as I glance around the coffee shop, full of life being lived, connecting, communicating…  I reflect that this is just one small room in the vast planet…

But people are connecting and communicating globally through the amazing ‘telepathy’ of the internet, phones and computers….

We are one big global village…

 

 

The road of life reveals itself…

This morning I walked up the path from our London ‘home for awhile,’ and was greeted by Octavious… He was out in the sun having his breakfast…

I look forward to seeing him when we land in North London, I was telling Nina our dueña that Octavious the forty year old tortoise is famous, and that even Maricarmen, my Spanish teacher asks after him… She laughed and said, ‘Octavious has friends all over the world…’

He is like us, except that in his case he stays in one place and the friends come to him; and in our case we travel the world landing in different communities where we see our friends again…

We are the yang to his yin…

He is constant in his energy, he never complains at our absence or seems overly concerned as to how long we are going to stay, he is constant in his presence…

If we are constant in our presence in the space with others, then relationship has the opportunity to deepen even with separation, gaps in the relating, ‘spaces in the togetherness…’

If we seek to be constant within ourselves, recognising at the core level that absolutely nothing is personal, then our relating can soar to another level; as expectation, demand and need leave the building…

In their place is true love, which is described perfectly in the passage from Corinthians 13 in the bible…

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . . And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love…’

It sums up everything there is to aspire to in love and spirituality…

When I happened upon Octavious, I was walking up the path to go and run on the track at Finsbury Park… It felt an achievement when 25 minutes later I actually found the park!

However, running on the track today was not to be! When I arrived I found there to be much activity going on…. I decided that it was still worth asking, ‘Is it possible to use the track?’, as the activity seemed to be all on the inner grassy area…

A nice lady laughed at my question……’ ‘There are 900 kids there….’  I had my answer!

So instead, I ran about on the grass and then ran ten times up and down again, on a stretch of hill between two trees. The plan of the day altering, taking its own turn… The path unfolding in front of me…

If we trust the step then we recognise that the step is our creation, and that all we must do is clear the tension and pain that can take us repeatedly down experiences of pain and tension…

All we must do is clear the way for our highest and clearest expression… And trust the path unfolding because the road can only truly reveal itself in each moment it is traveled…

I found my way back to Anadi and we decided to go to our favourite coffee shop here, The Larder… We wandered across to find it closed on a Monday… And so I am here, ‘The king’s Head’ instead, after a coffee with Anadi, I have enjoyed a delicious salad and have now settled into my office for the afternoon… The path revealing itself.

If we remember this, and practice living this way within every moment, then if we have an idea, bursting into our consciousness, it is the same process… To trust the energetic flow; clear the way, clear any inner blocks…

Clear fear… And then the secret is to take that first step… It doesn’t matter if you have no idea where it is leading, without question that will be revealed….

 

When i first started my vlog I had a ‘plan’ that I would find beaches around the world to run along, but the plan is revealing itself – with so far not much running on beaches…!

So I am going to do a mini vlog a day, at least through July to see what emerges…. And include it in my daily blog…