I have made a conscious decision to keep politics out of my bee blog. I have succeeded. Mostly. But when I saw the story about Ted Cruz banning the musical tri-tone (http://www.snopes.com/false-ted-cruz-tritone/) I lost my resolve. I changed my mind. In other words, I flipped out. I had a whole rant at the ready for you this week.
Fortunately, it was a satirical article. But like the fictitious deceptions that U.S. political candidates are spinning these days (Obama is a Muslim from Kenya, has been busted for male prostitution…Toto, there is no such thing as climate change, etc.), it incites people to riot and as a singer and lover of music, my ire was certainly kindled
These days, I prefer to stick with bees. No ideology to debate or ugly rhetoric. Only the hands on, real time of happiness that overcomes me when the hive lid is off, the soft thrumming of 10’s of thousands of bees at work. I begin to remove the bars and smell that warm sweetness of honey arise like warm bread. Only a clear duty in front of me— check for real time mites, diseases or problems, work on fixing them if possible. If nothing needs fixing, just savor the goodness in front of me. Give thanks for all that is going…well, right.
These days, I prefer to keep the news media at bay. There is so much fear mongering and ranting going on. Today I read a beautiful prayer. It offered me something nourishing in a time that has become fraught with these dangerous political potholes— leading only to frenzied rumors about important things like tri-tones.
Here’s a prayer by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. For the bees, Ted Cruz and all living beings who suffer. Bzzz.
Please pacify the uninterrupted miseries and unbearable fears,
such as famines and sicknesses,
that torment powerless beings
completely oppressed by inexhaustible and violent evils.
And henceforth lead us from suffering states
and place us in the ocean of happiness and joy.
Those who, maddened by the demons of delusion,
commit violent negative actions
that destroy both themselves and others,
should be the objects of our compassion.
May the hosts of undisciplined beings
fully gain the eye that knows
what to abandon and practice,
and be granted a wealth
of loving kindness and friendliness.
Through force of dependent-arising,
which by nature is profound
and empty of appearances,
the force of the Words of Truth,
the power of the kindness of the Three Jewels
and the true power of non-deceptive actions
and their effects;
may my prayer of truth
be accomplished quickly and without hindrance.
(Prayers for Healing, ed. by Maggie Oman, Berkeley, CA; Conari Press, 1977)