Power Poles

Power Poles | Rock Island, WA | November 2019

How do we manage a layered life? Not easily. Responsibilities of work, family and community overlap, make demands. Media roils our minds and emotions. The internet urges us to be interested in everything. Silence, stillness, centering remain elusive. An exquisite meditation chapel in Portland, Oregon, overlooks the airport, busy freeways and marine shipping lanes. Yet visitors sit quietly behind a 20-foot-high wall of glass that frames and muffles the great wide world. The room is a physical expression of the meditative mind — reality unspooling there while we observe serenely from here. Hard to do in everyday life, that’s for sure. But just knowing it’s an option provides some calm amid the chaos.