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Snack #15: The Russian Preparation

In a book called "The art of pilgrimage", I was reading about someone preparing for a journey "the Russian way" - when they finished packing, all ready to go, they just sat there on their luggage for 30 minutes, preparing to leave with a clear mind. If they forgot something, it might pop up then. I also read about the importance of preparation - I like to prepare. Some people say it takes away from the experience.

If you allow space for unexpected and spontaneous things to happen, preparation doesn't take away from the experience, it actually amplifies it, like preparing for a sports match, or performing a disciplined tea ceremony.

Another person in the book prepared by meditating, running, and doing more yoga, and reflection, in the days before every journey, and took care of important tasks at work so that she wouldn't worry about them - thus embarking on a voyage with a clear mind.


Preparation doesn't only mean a schedule, but a mental prep. We must lose our usual ways and habits, and come into the journey we are about to take open in order to learn new things.



A human lesson:

Even when I don't prepare, the circumstances in which I actually do arrive at the new adventure act as my preparation. Is preparation necessary then? Does it help get me where I need to go, or where I want to go? There's a difference.


Sometimes I find out things and learn the most when I'm stressed, or worried, or not in the right space. Sure, I could learn other things, but which would be better?

Can we really ever know where we need to be, mentally, emotionally, physically? Isn't the place we are at right now, in all those aspects, the place we need to be? Why would it be anywhere else? Would it still be you, in that other place?


Here's my being shy, telling some kind of story. Can you tell what it is?



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