Hi Mayka :-)

You are most welcome :-)

Yes. Also, I do try to speak out about the nonsense, as I did in my last post 
on this subject. If I can do nothing else, I can at least do this much.

I think you are one of the lovely lotuses too. :-)


--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Maria Lopez <flordel...@...> wrote:
> Thank you Artie for the kindnest of your post.  You must be also amongst 
> those ones who sees the nonsense of the world but can't do much about it 
> except from practicing to swim in its dirt waters without being affected by 
> it.  As it one was in the lotus pond dirty waters growing as a white lotus 
> flower.  And this is not an exotic say even when It may look like but a very 
> profound insight I had during a long retreat in which I used at night to sit 
> down on a bench in front of the lotus pond at the Plum Village Monastery in 
> France.  It was spring many, many lotus started to sprout out alone my 
> retreat.  They were not still flowers at my arrival.  I saw them coming out 
> slowly slowly with growing of the full moon.  And at my return from the 
> retreat I kept painting the same white lotus flower over and over and over.  
> Anyway, Your say goes into similar conversation lines but in a different land 
> as Europe.  We were a group of people this last summer and we all reached to 
> conclussion that it may be an evil force that has overtaking the power in the 
> world.  As you say there is a change of clothing but not inside.  The 
> European Union made Spain to cut off hundreds of olive trees that were more 
> than a hundred years old.  It also made kill thousands of healthy cows to 
> keep the economy running.  Now wants to destroy hectareas and hectareas of 
> vynards plants that have been there for years and years producing grapes and 
> very nice wine.  And yet when you try to eat fruit in the UK it cost you a 
> fortune!!!.  It's all nonsense.  It's actually very frightening what is 
> happening in the whole world.  In each area of the world with its own 
> nonsense going on.  We can only do one thing and that is to practice in a way 
> that all that dirt won't destroy the best in us.  
> Losing or wining, does it matter while we keep enjoying the dancing?
> Mayka


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