On Sunday morning, I’ll be offering a new Sensing class. Starting a new group means going into the unknown with people I have not met before. Not knowing what will happen stirs excitement, and also trepidation – I’ve always felt some shyness in new situations. Sensing teaches me that focusing on uncomplicated actions helps me clarify my experience, so I went out to sweep the stairs and pathway to my office.
Sweeping in the warm and humid air, letting myself enjoy the task – that is my Sensing practice today. As I swept, I thought of my Sensing teacher, Lee Klinger Lesser. She writes here about finding her way in a messy task. Her teacher, Charlotte Selver, said “The best choices are made when we are simply in a thing, doing what we are doing with our whole selves. We spend so much time in our lives wanting something, and going against it at the same time”
For years I have had this little monk with his broom here on a shelf in my office. Today I feel I understand how he looks so happy.