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Mindful : October 2019
In my very acceptance of the fact that I don’t accept impermanence, I find some peace. Temperature WE LIVE IN an age when we are neces- sarily concerned with temperature. Global warming is a temperature event that concerns us all, and contemplating that means allowing for a lot of uncertainty and sadness about the future—the solastalgia that the naturalist and meditation teacher Mark Coleman referred to in his piece in the April 2019 issue of Mindful. There is no real way around that shared wound. Allowing does not mean negating what is painful. It is allowing what is there to simply be there. We’re also obsessed with temperature, our Goldilocks yearning for the perfect temperature condition, reinforced by our massively man- aged climate control systems that attempt to keep us all in our happy place (ironically, a big contributor to global warming). I like to observe when I’m clinging hard to an ideal temperature, or season, and see if I can allow myself to be a person “for all seasons.” When it’s cold, it’s cold. When it’s hot, it’s hot. Cheerleading for one or the other, as our media meteorologists do inces- santly, is forever asking us to be somewhere other than where we are. Travel TRAVEL IS ABOUT changing loca- tions. Throughout human history, we’ve sought faster and faster ways to change location. In our science fiction, we love the idea of teletransportation—to be somewhere else in the blink of an eye. Get there fast and park as close as you can to the entrance. I have to travel a fair amount for my work, to meet people doing cool things in cool places. In the past few years, I’ve done a few things to try to notice the speed of travel and to appreciate where I am more and how I’m moving from place to place. I try now to figure out how an airport is actually laid out rather than being lost in a maze likearatinaSkinnerbox.Inacity,Itakeouta paper map and spread it on my bed and study it, so I have an overview (particularly since GPS systems appear to be eroding our powers of spa- tial and situational awareness). I try to be where 60 mindful October 2019 acceptance