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Drala Encampment, Wind and Fire - comment

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We continue following the adventures of Drala Regional Encampment, in part two of a multi-part series on this event

by Harrison Holmes

On day three, rain is replaced by wind.

Setting about our activities, we dig holes, chop wood, repair tents, and arrange the shrine room. Throughout, we never work at or build character through exhaustion–well at least not physical exhaustion–but we are always working, and so required always to be attentive and at the ready. In the brief breaks between sessions we get to know one another and grow together. Yet as an officer walks by or some movement of the group is caught on the periphery of one’s gaze, conversations are left dangling like receivers on the end of their cords in anticipation of the next call to awake. Caught in this space between relaxation and alertness we are continually animated by the wind of wakefulness, flowing and riding joyously out towards wherever is to be accomplished.

“Yes? How can I be of help?” Continue…

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