Yesterday, driving to meet a friend for lunch, I realized that some of the hydrocarbon molecules powering my car might well have come from the Deepwater Horizon rig. And, even if not, I remain implicated in the disaster's loss of life and the still-unfolding devastation.The owners and managers of the rig initially responded by placing a "containment box" over the broken pipe at the head of the well.
As we know, this didn't work, since the emerging oil and gas formed hydrate crystals that clogged the box outlet.
There's a good metaphor in this failure of containment.
Buried within each person, under pressure, sits a vast and unseen pool of feelings, impulses, thoughts, and perceptions. If these were to emerge unchecked, we would risk polluting our lives. And who wants that?
Thus, most of us make an enormous effort to contain and manage these aspects of ourselves. (The Western name for this containment effort is "ego.") Yet, in so doing, we risk freezing up and crippling our true nature.
So how do we respond to this upwelling of life itself? How do we use this natural energy, created through our own internal sedimentation, to live with honesty, vitality, creativity, and kindness?