Gentle Response

The mind desires this,
And grieves for that.
It embraces one thing,
And spurns another.

Now it feels anger,
Now happiness.

In this way you are bound.

But when the mind desires nothing
And grieves for nothing.
When it is without joy or anger
And, grasping nothing,
Turns nothing away…

Then you are free.

-Ashtavakra Gita 8:12

This bit of found poetry gifted to my email inbox reminds me of one of the most useful ideas I got from the conference I attended this last Saturday – that simplicity is the best Christian response to the injustices of the world. Most of us cannot save the world or correct even one systemic injustice, but we can gradually, selectively, and gently opt-out of the World defined by the endorphin rush of desires.

That’s what I am meditating on today. That and “getting stuff done,” that is.

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