A recent New York Times article diagnosed what many of us are going through these days as “languishing.” We have been through a lot in the past year, and we are tired. We also don’t know when we may see another surge — of Covid, of violence, of authoritarianism. Languishing implies that something is wrong, but what if we are exactly where we are supposed to be?
Soon, it will be time to start going out, rebuilding our relationships, and trusting each other again. For many of us, a simmering rage, terror, or sadness lies beneath the surface; for others, it has all been too much and we feel checked out. At this delicate time, it is vital to move slowly, deliberately, and with care.
How can we replenish and renew our practice, our energy, and our sense of purpose? Buddhist teachings and practice can show us the way.
In this day of practice, we will honor where we are now, and develop the tools we need for the path ahead, with tenderness, honesty, and love.