Now a lot of guests have arrived and my period of solitude has come to an end. During the times of being here on my own or with just one other person for company, I have been doing a lot of physical work. The doctor recommended that I keep active in order to improve my blood circulation. However, throughout all this time, my primary motivation is always to try to make this place more welcoming and more serviceable for the guests who come. Some of these things are very practical. The two most substantial developments are the creation of a new eating area and the flooring of part of the barn to give extra storage thus permitting a much freer use of living space in the main house. These are all practical applications of my faith in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha and the working out of the grace of the deities. When one has such a faith one finds that one's capacity to get things done is vastly enhanced because, as was said in the earlier I Ching teaching, when one is in accord with the Way of Heaven there is no obstacle.
So whether one is in the midst of many people or one is completely alone or whatever the circumstance might be, the important thing is to have a connection, a refuge, that carries one through. Today has been a day of historic change with the British decision to leave the EU - a decision that I personally think to be most unwise. Seeing the news I felt shocked. However, such vicissitudes happen. Many thing are part of processes too big for the individual to have much influence. Things happen and we have to respond and live through it. I am very grateful to have the security of a faith that gives me confidence that I shall go on doing what seems like the right and constructive things whether the conditions are supportive or adverse. Faith is not just going with the flow. Sometimes it is a matter of standing against the current. I shall continue to support internationalism on the wider scene and, in my own little patch, to make good conditions for my visitors. This is by the power given by faith.