Leonard doesn't have the freedom to refuse God's will in the opening track of Old Ideas, and according to the teachings of Ramesh Balsekar, none of us do.
It had been over three years since I left the monastery. To avoid the holiday frenzy that carries with it an all-infecting germ of anxiety, I decided to return to the monastery to visit and spend Christmas in silence. Stepping through the doors, it was indeed the power of Sacred Silence that wrapped around me, enveloping me again in Infinite Safety.
Of all the profound and sacred dirges of Leonard Cohen's song catalog, "Undertow," from the album Dear Heather, has been overlooked more than most. It has, at times, assured me that emotional valleys - particularly my own unexpected ones - are actually the most beautiful blessings of life.