The Lion's Roar is the fearless proclamation that any state of mind, including the emotions, is a workable situation, a reminder in the practice of mediation. We realize that chaotic situations must not be rejected. Nor should we regard them as regressive, as a return to confusion. We must respect whatever happens in our state of mind. Chaos should be regarded as extremely good news.
When I open my my little Dharma book, I often return to the passage above and every time I reread it, that last line makes me smile or even laugh out loud. He could have said that there is something to value even in chaos or that it has much to teach us . But to say that it is extremely good news just seems to tickle my funny bone every single time. Good news? Yeah, right. Considering chaos good news is just so Buddhist.
But wait a minute. It was the apostle Paul who said that all things work together for good for those that love God. And then there's this poem by Macrina Wiederkehr, a Benedictine, that enters my thoughts frequently,
Lord, I beg you for a storm tonight,
the wildest that you own!
Oh let your winds awaken me
And shake me to the bone.
Lord, do not calm these seas tonight
just be present in the storm.
Sweep across my desert places
and leave them moist with you.
Disturb me with a storm tonight
so I'll be born anew.
Maybe one day I will be brave enough to actually pray that prayer rather than just read it.
In the meantime, I am going to be on the look out for some extremely good news in my life today. I hope you find some, too. (Wishing you some nice little chaos?)
Hey! Look at this nice little piece of good news that I found behind my son's bedroom door!
I swear. That's really what it looked like.