Queen of the Surface Streets (leenerella) wrote in parabola_mag,
Queen of the Surface Streets


I'm deep into the first issue of my new subscription. Very happy to be getting it in the mail on a regular basis. I haven't gotten very far - I've been savoring it every morning on my bus ride to work, trying not to plow through it immediately and leave me wanting more.

This issue is about "home" both literally and figuratively, but I've noticed an emphasis on "awareness" as well - our awareness of the here and now, and how we connect and interact with the world. Also an awareness of the home inside ourselves, and whether it is healthy or ailing, and the importance of making a good home in the Self above all else.

I'm not even halfway through the book, but I was particularly touched by the interview with Thich Nhat Hanh and what he said about the parents' responsibility of teaching by example - showing children what it means to love and to listen to each other is the main influence of their upbringing. I truly believe this to be so, and I am really looking forward to sharing this experience with my own children someday, because my husband and I find so much fulfillment in caring for each other. His words have given me a new incentive to visiting our local Buddhist monastery to increase my mindfulness in these regards.

Parabola seems to know what's going on in my life and seemingly tailors their issues to match. I first read the Marriage issue right after I got engaged. And this issue arrived the same week that we moved into a new house. I'm still struggling with making it a home, and at the same time, I feel more at home there than I have in any other place so far. I look forward to finishing the issue and exploring my new thoughts about home here.
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I'm only just past the Thich Nhat Hanh interview, which I found both enlightening and evasive. I did take to heart his comments on showing love to a partner and to one's children, as you mentioned. I have a small family--wife and a 2 year old son--and the advice hit "home" here too. I like the breathing space concept as well.

"Our Home is God's Home" is probably my favorite essay so far, reminding those of us who grew up on the Bible that God is always searching for us too--he craves the finite and infinite coming together just like we do.

We just bought a house about four months ago ourselves. I look forward to more essays in this issue...and more commentary on LJ! Thanks for posting.