Nature Boy.

The more that I sit, the more an awareness of the practice filters into the rest of my life.  Meaning, I have been more aware of how I am in the world, how I interact with others, how my thoughts or moods will rear up, and then how I (attempt) to deal with them.  I also see the conflict of when I preach one thing and then act another way.  Hypocrisy, I guess is the right word, though it sounds harsher than I mean.  But, as I mentioned in my last post, I’m a little more kind to myself now when I have these less-than-proud moments.  That is progress.

Three years ago today my father passed away, and I have been thinking of him on and off all day.  The song “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole, was one of his favorites, and we played it at his memorial.  Nat Cole, it seemed, was a fan of metta.  Here are the lyrics.

There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea

A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

And then one day, a magic day
He passed my way, and while we spoke
Of many things, fools and kings
This he said to me

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return”

“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return”

-Nat King Cole