Saturday, 31 December 2016


Another clear sky ... air chilly, but Sun warms things quickly ... a message from England mentions mist ... a reminder of the blessings of the Algarve in winter ... though there is some rain in the forecast ... the last day of 2016 prompts brief reflection on the year, spent mostly in Iberia ... exploring inner space in a decaying villa and along the parallel universe of the pilgrims... with another early next year, maybe ... and first a retreat at the Almond Blossom Sangha near Tavira, with the teachings of Thay on tap ... this morning's meeting with Jane and Look by the lively market and adjoining car boot sale settling details ... and a teaching from Thay via Look of the importance of the Sangha in leading the spiritual life ... confirming the sense that solitude has served for now ... time for community and to practice with others ...

The English bookshop is open and conversation ensues with Marie-Jeanne, the French owner ... until customers arrive ... back to the hostel for more conversation with Diana ... supper ... some virtual happynewyearing. .. and resisting joining the thronging real world ... maybe later ...

Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

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