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I want to thank you for another enlightening series of articles in the March/April issue. However, as I turned the pages I again felt that restlessness that I often do in reading the magazine. Here is a publication that is dedicated to values often most clearly crystallized in Eastern philosophies: Buddhism, Taoism, Yoga, the essence of which is annihilation of the ego and cultivating an attitude of outward loving-kindness. And yet S&H seems to be singularly dedicated to self-actualization and personal fulfillment: "Facing Your Truth," "Take Control of Your Fear," "Make Room for Your Feelings." It puts me in mind of my dear friend, a masseuse and yoga teacher who roams the world seeking her enlightenment. Her practice is profoundly deeper than mine. Year after year, she writes that this or that retreat brought her a little closer to selflessness. Frustrated, I often feel like writing back, "Have you ever considered thinking about something other than your own enlightenment?"
This gelled for me on the last page, where your interviewer, Alma Tassi, asked Anne Lamott about a "significant moment of mercy for your own self?" I anticipated some event in which Ms. Lamott forgave and helped someone threatening, or insulting, or in deep need. Instead, she replied that she was trying to love her aging body. I'm sorry--it felt all too much like an ad for organic agave cream. Yes, I recognize that loving ourselves no matter what is the root of being able to be loving and compassionate with others. However, the Buddha's essential message was "Throw away the mirror--be of service." It takes a certain amount of courage to acknowledge that you are not the hero of your own story; that your best quest may be to enable a process quite other than yourself.
Please consider in the future putting your weight behind more articles depicting how people lost themselves in service to others. You might want to think about who advertises, too. Where we get our income often shapes what we are willing to say.
Sincerely, Christopher King
And for Laughs...
I just want to draw your attention to a letter in the March/April issue in which Dr. Barbara Nelson writes, "I consider Rabbi Rami and the Dalai Lama two of the world's wisest men."
First, notice that "Rabbi Rami" is listed before "Dalai Lama."
Second, while we don't know how many men Dr. Nelson knows, it is fair to say she knows more than two, so we can safely say His Holiness and I rock.
Third, I suggest you use this ranking as a full-page ad in the magazine. If you don't have room for the full page, you can shrink it by leaving off any mention of the Dalai Lama.
Yes, you are lucky to know me. And while I won't ask each of you to state where I rate in your assessment of wise men, I will assume it is number one.
And for Gratitude...
Hau Mitakuye (Greetings, Relative),
Powerful "From the Editor" column.
Wopila tanka (biggest thank-you)
Inipi (sweat lodge) prayers for Family and Son.
Thank you all for the kind notes, prayers, and sweats for Tim Kiesling. Cancer, I am learning, can be as powerful a builder of communities as it is a destroyer.
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