The Centipede

I have been thinking of Centipedes and their hundred feet as I have struggled to take the next step towards opening this website. Already a division of labour is emerging between Rev. Alicia and I. Since I’ve been involved with writing for the Internet and running a website for some years I’ve tended to tinker with the website and newsletter configurations. But it’s not been my job exclusively. There have been moments of joyous satisfaction, such as successfully placing the OBC logo at the bottom of this page. With help. Moments of surprise as the contact form almost miraculously became live and functional up there on the top navigation tabs. Oh yes, and there have been the long hours configuring the newsletter using the wonderful free service called Mail Chimp. Sometimes the Centipede has become destabilised as I’ve attempted to do too many things all at the same time!

Alicia: Must admit I’m on a learning curve with the communication media side of things, so I am very glad that Rev. Mugo is more au fait with all that.  And I just have to plunge in and have a go – I’m currently working on registering with an online donation service so we can have one of those wonderful ‘Donate Now’ buttons on the website.

There have been so many tiny steps and taking them in the right sequence is critical to moving forward! A Centipede must have a rhythm to its walking forward and I expect we will find our rhythm for writing weekly posts and getting out the monthly newsletter published on time. Our basic commitment right at this moment is to make a regular offering via Field of Merit. That’s to inform, inspire and encourage readers to keep walking as we are. You will see how things are developing in practical terms such as how we intend to raise funds,  you will look in on our pondering on daily life practice, the Precepts, compassion. And the encouragement? Well perhaps if you see two people hurling themselves at a seemingly impossible task with nothing much more than faith and a wish to offer something worthwhile you might follow through on doing the seeming impossible in your life!

Alicia: And isn’t there a story about a centipede who was asked how he walked with all those legs, and when he tried to think about it he was so discombobulated that he couldn’t move. Some things need thinking about and paying attention to, but other things you just trust and move forward. If I think about how to get from here (nothing) to there (flourishing retreat centre) I just stall. But if I point myself in a direction and trust that I can walk, and also trust in the universe to adjust my trajectory when needed (and trust my willingness to be adjusted), I can do it.

I researched the Centipede on Wikipedia and find that while its name means one hundred feet they can have anything from 20 to 300 of them! Those Centipedes are different in capacity, as are we. Does having more feet mean walking further, faster? Or not. Can two people together achieve more faster than one person? Who knows how that pans out in practice. One thing is sure, good coordination and communication is crucial if a forward movement is to be maintained.

Alicia: The Zen tradition puts a lot of emphasis on training with others because it is in the living and working together, practising communication and cooperation, that we can see the self in operation and get a chance to work through our fears and insecurities, our grasping and rejecting. And one also benefits from the encouragement, support and friendship of others who are practising the same thing. Companions on the Way. That is you, and I look forward to walking with you!

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8 thoughts on “The Centipede

  1. Rev Mugo…..Wonderful… so look forward to this new site. My warmest wishes and regards.

  2. Yes indeed, congratulations and blessings on your project!

    I’ve noticed a few things about centipedes in my garden. Their “next step” is wave-like, graceful, and fluid. May this be so for you. Also, they are really good at getting out of “tight corners”. May this also be so for you.

    With love and in gassho, Jim

  3. I wish you well with the project for the benefit of all beings. A journey of a thousand miles………Great Oaks from little acorns………….

  4. Thank you for your comments about the centipede. I have also admired how they and milipedes do what they do. It is all about the practice or training. Everytime I go to sit I to think of it one step at a time until I am done. Blessings on your new endeavor.

    In gassho,

  5. CONGRATULATIONS on this joint Initiative between the 2 of you and I am sure with many others.
    Both my spouse, Connie, and I are LOOKING FORWARD to your respective sage teachings from way out here in tropical Singapore and do hope that we will meet in the not too distant future.
    boon & connie

    • Boon and Connie! How wonderful to have you here leaving a comment so early on in this project. I cast my mind to what you and the congregation achieved for the temple in Singapore – I was and am impressed at your energy and dedication. I hope you are well. Please, if it is appropriate mention us on your Facebook page so more can share in the merit generated by this project. I know you understand this.

      Oh, and we could do with Lee Coo, bless him.
      Yes, hope to see you again in this life.

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