March 20th- CAW mentor show at Fort Hayes shot tower gallery, "Exchanges". Openheartcreatures collaborates with their two young artist interns. Matthew McVay age 14 and Cellissa Woods age 18. This performance will merge visual art with sound art using a large Boom Box body puppet. www.facebook.com/events/April 4th- Ryan Agnew's Worm Man will perform during Fuse Factory's Frequency Fridays show at The Wild Goose Creative . Admission: $10, $15 for 2. Doors open 8pm. Frequency Fridays 2013-2014 season is supported by a grant from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.
A Zen gatha, said before sharing food, begins, "Innumerable labors brought us this food. May we know how it comes to us. Receiving this offering, may our virtue and practice equal it."
In this globalized system of exchange it is often very difficult to know what labors brought us our food, but through social justice networks we can learn about the conditions of farms and even contribute to improvements.
The practice of loving kindness begins in our heart, and continues the moment we rise from the cushion. We carry it, or it carries us, forward into community to smile and listen to one another with our full attention. It also compels us to stand on the street, not out of anger, but like a beacon or a lighthouse guiding those who steer our corporate ships. Without making them the enemy, we can call to them to stop and move toward compassion.
In the 1980s, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote, "In the peace movement there is a lot of anger, frustration, and misunderstanding. The peace movement can write very good protest letters, but they are not yet able to write a love letter. ...A fresh way of being peace, of doing peace is needed. That is why it is so important for us to practice meditation, to acquire the capacity to look, to see, and to understand. It would be wonderful if we could bring to the peace movement our contribution, our way of looking at things, that will diminish aggression and hatred. Peace work means, first of all, being peace. Meditation is meditation for all of us. We rely on each other. Our children are relying on us in order for them to have a future."
Weather you attend the march or not, please join me to sit in quiet on Sunday.
Let's learn to become the still source from which change grows.
Let's try this simple practice together.
*We sit for two 20 minute sections, with mindful walking in between. We will have time for every participant to talk before and after the sit. Those new to meditation are welcome to join and participate as much as they feel comfortable! There is no cost. Donations are welcome.
* Florida farmworkers' are vary vulnerable to exploitation, including forced labor and sexual violence. Wendy's is one of the few major corporations still unwilling to sign on to the Fair Food Program, which would provide basic support to farmworkers. Information about the campaign here. Information about the Central Ohio events, including the march, here.
Facebook event page for this meditation: www.facebook.com/