Resonating across the Years

Sometimes a feeling of resonance arises in the stream of time, linking the present moment with some distant or nearby memory. This resonance may reflect my entire lifetime–as if a piece of music is playing–or a memory may grab onto the present moment, as if it alone exists. This morning a wide perspective opened up in which specific connections resonated with one another, the whole illuminating each facet.

June 24th,, today, is Saint Jean Baptiste Day. Years ago, on June 24, 1968, a fire raged through the apartment where I was living in Montreal, killing two people who were trapped inside. As a result, I had to move to a new apartment. That move, necessary because the apartment building was condemned, contrasts sharply with our current move to a townhouse. Instead of flames raging up a stairwell, forcing one resident to jump from a 4th story window, and another found curled under his bed, our current move is not physically necessary.

In a pensive mood this morning, wondering about the meaning of change, I checked to see if anyone had read one of my recent blog posts. Surprisingly, someone had clicked on an old one, from seven years ago: “Good Greens in the Field of Space”. So, I clicked on it myself.

I had shared a poem (“Good Greens”) that I had written and had published in the mid-1970’s while still living in Montreal. It contains imagery that conjures up how space is always all around in all its vivid presence.

Now, on further reflection, I would like to think that—when moving to a new place—new opportunities may arise for me to notice my surroundings in a fresh way. Perhaps I may even catch a few new passages in the grand composition that is always playing, whether I harken to its melodies or not:

“Good Greens” in the “Field of Space”

2 comments to “Resonating across the Years”
  1. Hi Michael.

    You told me about that fire in Montreal years ago.

    I’ve moved many times during my life, as you know. Sometimes for work, sometimes for wanderlust, and once for a fire as well, in Ottawa in 1969.

    Most of my moves have been good experiences, though I did discover over the years that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the hill.

    Moving can often open our eyes and minds to new vistas, unplanned and unanticipated. Kind of jog our minds out of whatever particular ruts they’re in at the time.

    In my most recent move to Chemainus, for some reason it’s awakened my interest in and dedication to my Vipassana practice. I suspect I was ready for this anyway, and the move just shoved it into stage centre.

    I wish you and Denise wonderful outcomes from your move in Albuquerque.

    – Paul

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