Calm in the face of difficulty

From June Tanoue at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Illinois:

The poʻi na kai uli, kai koʻo, ʻaʻohe hina pukoʻa. Though the sea be deep and rough, the coral rock remains standing. Said of one who remains calm in the face of difficulty. ʻOlelo Noʻeau, Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings

I started volunteering again at the Cook County Dept of Corrections – the county jail – teaching mindfulness meditation to incarcerated women awaiting trial for whatever crime they were accused of committing…The approximately 30 women we work with live on the 2M Tier of Division 5 at Cook County Jail. Some have been there for many years. This is the maximum security tier where after their trial date, most will go on to a federal penitentiary.I was a little nervous when Ruth told me she was going on vacation last week. I thought about emailing the administrators and telling them I couldn’t make it. But my Zen practice is about sometimes sitting with difficult situations (including emotions like fear) and by breathing bearing witness to them and not turning away. READ MORE

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