“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pa., in 2002*
Here’s a history lesson for ya.
15 years ago, asleep in a single bed in my first studio apartment in Roger’s Park, Chicago I was awakened by a ringing Motorola cell phone. “Uh, hello?” I answered. “The Twin Towers are gone!” said my hysterical lesbian friend. She was typically dramatic but this made no sense. Listening to her elaborate further, I started to get the picture.
The thing was though, I was asleep. Plus, I’d never been to New York. Besides I’ve never been one to react to world affairs. It’s not that I was insensitive, I was just disconnected – maybe in more ways than one.
Around that time, thanks to a profound LSD-induced experience, I started getting into meditation. I was also beginning my solo career as what would later become Hexspa. Lots of things were happening.
So here we are today. My blog is back up, I’m still on a spiritual path and the Twin Towers still aren’t here. All those things are the same. What’s different though is the emotional tone regarding these things.
I want to mention Robert Adams first. He was an Advaita teacher and told us not to react to the world for it’s ultimately a dream. In essence, our identification with the body, the mind and world affairs keeps us bound to the cyclic drama of life. That might not be your cup of tea but, when it comes to life-altering events, that bit of wisdom could offer solace to many.
On that fateful day, I was completely clueless about how I was going to perform the roles that, previously, talented musicians were filling. The same technology that enables me to deliver this message to you has allowed me to confidently release music without the need for any collaboration or compromise. I think that’s similar to how we initially find ourselves stunned or emotional about events but later manage to deal and heal.
And lastly, since I don’t want you thinking I’m selling out a catastrophe for readership, though the memory of what was in New York still remains, it seems like a lot of healing has taken place. None of the quotes I read about this incident took on a hateful tone. They all seemed to remember the brilliance of the departed and recognize the value of what’s actually here with us now.
So basically, in 15 years a lot has changed. Some of those events have been challenging and some have been sweet. Regardless, the only event we have available to us is now. So bring your attention to the present moment, give your loved ones a kiss and do work that’s meaningful to you.
Who knows if we’ll get another 15 to neglect what’s important?
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