Regardless of my love for heavy metal, I am a HUGE fan of Rage Against The Machine. I’ve been listening to them since the first album came out in the very early 90’s. So it comes as no surprise to myself that I have been listening to them alot lately. While listening to one particular song, “No Shelter”, two lines stuck out…
“There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere.”
The reason why they stuck out to me is it’s how I’ve felt lately with my “practice”. I’ve fallen off a bit on the cushion practice… but I have felt a bit more engaged off the cushion lately. While the awareness of my actions is not always in focus, the peripherals definitely pick it up.
So the lyrics came at a time where I felt like I needed to hit the cushion more, but also realized “the frontline is everywhere”. Meaning, I can turn down the radio while driving, maybe pull over for a few minutes and just breathe and be there for that moment. To stop.
Yes, I understand the idea of meditation and spending time on the cushion but that is not a luxury I can afford sometimes. And I definitely need something that is as close to meditation as possible, consistently.
Maybe my analogies with battles and war is a bit much, but it feels that way sometimes, yet not in a negative manner. I think it helps to bring a new level of mindfulness to my day, I can see the frontline and draw on my compassionate compadres inside to overcome the war each day has ahead of me.
ps. I realize this was not RATM’s idea when they wrote the song. More on the band later on in a new post…