As I sat peaceful and well rested at dawn this morning, safely perched on the 16th floor of my Hotel in El Paso, TX; I looked out over the dim myriad of twinkling lights that is the Mexican sister city of Juarez just blocks away. The sun was beginning to rise over the desert plateaus of west Texas, illuminating the simple dwellings and smog that shrouds the valley. Above, Venus and all her glory; to the North, a full moon reflecting its grace over the International border – a line between two starkly different countries – its seperation point a cement culvert that hems in the trickle of the Rio Grande; fences and cement the division between cities. I center my energy and settle into meditation as light begins to cascade across my view corridor.

My mind is cluttered… As the previous day has revealed, El Paso and Juarez has its rugged beauty but behind the adobe and red brick there is also its struggle and toil. Many of the residents are hardworking folks grinding out a life under the rocky shadows of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. Across the border, the scope of hardship is magnified many times over: Poverty and plight; innocent people caught in the cross fire of a drug cartel war that leaves on average 8 people dead a day.

My mind shifts to the victims and folks dealing with the aftermath of Sandy… My thoughts go out to all of you…

Sometimes, meditation comes easy; other times it can be difficult like this morning. Like clouds obscuring blue skies, the solace is knowing the sun will shine again; even for those suffering amidst the rising desert sun or the storm ravaged coast miles away…

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

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