In my first Contentment in Everyday Life class, a prerequisite to The Way of Shambhala series of courses, our teacher Jude Robison spoke about “basic goodness.” Her explanation of this phrase immediately brought up within me a flurry of ideas – hell and damnation, fire and brimstone, original sin, guilt, fear, repentance, atonement, the cloaked-in-red-pitchfork-carrying-devil… Jude’s eternally optimistic face and oozing basic goodness snapped me back to the present. She taught us that basic goodness is something we all share. However, sometimes we can become disconnected from it.
On my morning walk along the river, I decided to ask Mamma Nature what she wanted to communicate to me about basic goodness. I carfeully collected a pocket-full of sparkling, cool-to-the-touch stones from the rich, black earth. Then I found a comfy bench, arranged the stones in a circle – creating a portal – and sat back and listened.
Right now in this moment, what you need to know is that you are the definition, the personification of basic goodness. Basic goodness is within you and all around you. Observe me, Mamma Nature, and you will not deny that basic goodness exists. The perfection and splendor of nature is the simplest way to see it. Look at the trees waving their amber leaves for your attention and affection. Look at the birds perched high up there on that electricity wire proudly surveying their environment. Look at the woman in the blue cap rowing down the river and the man walking his dog. We exist to experience and express basic goodness. And the more you practice being present, the more you will know for certain that basic goodness permeates through-and-through all of my children.
Eye-and-eye mantra: Be the woman you want to be at all times.
Photography by Ajua Hawkins.
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