On Sunday, March 21, we are scheduled to have our annual Spring Concert/Service. This year’s theme is called, “The Will to Go On” or, in a word, endurance. One of the songs which the Children’s Choir will offer is called “Storm or Rain?” What a peculiar title. What’s this about?
The song is based on a quote from the Dalai Lama: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about knowing how to dance in the rain!” If ever there were a time when this gem of wisdom was apropos, this is it! When I asked these young singers what it’s about, they said things like “knowing when to get busy,” and “living life,” and “not being afraid.” They are not too young to get it. If I were to ask you, I’m sure you would put that in your own words. And I would be interested to hear what that might be. OK, so Edward, what are your words?
It seems to me that with any dance, one of the partners is the leader. In this case, it is Life itself. Sometimes we are faced with circumstances that cause us to be fearful. Then what? Do we retreat to the side of the ‘dance hall’ or do we move with the energy? The Dalai Lama seems to suggest that obtaining the skillful means whereby we can work with the energy of the moment is better than a retreat; it keeps us involved in the process that we call Life. Does that mean we need to risk our life or become a victim in order to do this? Emphatically not. “Obtaining the skillful means” is another way of saying that we can stay in our center and not feel overwhelmed with the challenge of the moment. Skillful means is knowing how to embrace our challenges in a healthy and peaceful way. More specifically, we have many tools, and among them: breathing, meditation, conversation, offering support, prayer, yoga, and the list goes on.
I can only hope you will be able to hear the Children’s Choir as they sing this piece. In the meantime, my wish for you is that you are able to stay in your center, breathe, and know that you have the ability to continue with the dance of life.
Yours always, Rev. Ed