May the sound of this bell penetrate deep into the cosmos, even in the darkest spots. Living beings are able to hear it clearly so that all suffering in them cease, understanding comes to their heart, and they transcend the path of sorrow and death.
In the days since I first watched this, I have called its images and the bell sound to mind whenever my thoughts raced, or I was rattled by traffic, or I felt grief at the death of a friend and the anniversary of the death of another, or sleep just wouldn’t come. When my attempts at mindfulness felt like a sputtering engine that just wouldn’t turn over, this video helped.
Beyond its effects on my personal distractions and challenges, this poem is vast and the chanting is balm.
I am grateful.
[This video was created by R. Smittenaar, with audio by Gary Malkin in collaboration with Michael Stillwater, and with visuals from HOME, Earth and Baraka.]
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July’s Full Moon in Capricorn: The Heart wants what it Wants. The 4 Stages of a Good Divorce. How to Love a Woman who Scares You. Our Soulmates are Rarely Who We Expect. I Still Think of You. Men, Let’s Stop Fooling Ourselves: Size Matters. To the One Who Tried to Break Me. An Open Letter to the Fixers. How your Stored Memories in the Amygdala can lead to PTSD. How My Sister’s Death Transformed my Self-Perception.