In the morning I interviewed Roi, the new director of the School for Peace
, via Zoom. He and his wife and daughter will be coming to live in the village, in the next stage of the expansion. In the meantime, their plans are being held up a bit because the plot has an ancient wine press on it, requiring an archeological dig. That can be expensive, but the antiquities authority has agreed to arrange a community dig, which will apparently be quicker and cheaper. The hillside is dotted with such features, from various historical eras.
In the late afternoon we had a meditation session, in the olive grove on the ancient terrace below the spiritual center. A surprising number of people showed up for that, though all of them Jews - on this Yom Kippur. I was seeing many of them for the first time - the village is growing, and there are lots of people renting now. NM led a sitting meditation. D. read a text about the "Beginning Anew"
practice of Plum Village
. There was also a walking meditation and another based on the idea of forgiveness. However, as usual in meditation sessions, I didn't pay much attention to what was being said. I haven't been attending such activities at all lately, and I attended this one only because it was held outdoors.
Meditation and other spiritual practices are much more main stream nowadays than they were a generation ago. This morning, one online mindfulness session arranged by Maty Lieblich
and her mother Amia
, to which 400 people registered; though they had to limit participation to 300. D. had planned to participate, but it was already full.