we are all doing time

yesterday, I could briefly be seen cycling through town, between shops, with my mask on. Normally, I take it off and put it in my trouser pocket.

As I turned off from the main road, a driver shouted out of a car: ‘That’s right, keep the mask, slave forever’.

I am reminded of the quote that gave this post the title, quoted from memory – someone who pioneered meditation in prisons.*

I hope the guy who shouted will feel as free as I do. One day.


*that person (whose name I do not recall) later, before he died in an accident, had a dent in his public profile due to ethical issues in his conduct with women, if I remember; the quote I still find outstanding and helpful.

~ by Barbara S on July 20, 2021.

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