An interpreter was invited so I could enjoy and participate. And participate I did!
Being to myself for such long stretches creates a kind "End-Of-Sesshin" response. You know what I mean... a week of sitting has just ended, and now we are all sort of busting out, joyfull and giddy, laughing and enjoying the inner child.
This is a teacher for me, and the lesson is a about connection.
As I got deafer, my connections were being severed and thinned in many areas. It was not readily apparent what to do, so I've been on a pilgrimage within the very halls of the temple, exploring things.
When the Practice Period started, I was given access to CART, ASL Interpretation, and there are many efforts to include me. It's been a real eye opener! Connections are being formed again, and strengthened.
Upon reflection - Connections arose as a good topic for this Wednesday's Dharma Talk.
See you there!