We discussed what one might learn from such a situation, which I summed up in two sound bites: ‘the stuff’ and ‘the anxiety about the stuff’ Then my friend gave her summary: “You are practicing non-reactive awareness.”
Isn’t that a wonderful phrase? I’ve been doing my best to practice it ever since. For me it means that I don’t need to react negatively or defensively, but instead be aware, and of course as need be, take action. Stop the chatter in my head about ‘that inept airline’, etc. etc. etc. And, yes, call to see how things are going.
I must admit it is easier to write about non-reactive awareness than to practice it. But Iona, where everything is clear and simple, where the space between heaven and earth is thin, is a great place to make an effort and to have some successes. And so with that in mind, here are some pictures of my hike to St. Columba’s Bay today. I might add that sheep are pros at non-reactive awareness.