Breaking Spells, Making Peace and Holding Paradoxes

Mary Welch Official
Age of Awareness
Published in
6 min readAug 12, 2023

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I didn’t celebrate the 4th of July this year. I didn’t host a party or go to a party or wander into town to sit on the hill and watch the fireworks launch over the river. I swept stray leaves from the back patio and watered a few of the houseplants I’d brought outside for the season and listened to an audio book about Buddhist meditation on my headphones.

I picked sugar snap peas, ate them fresh off the vine (the best way) and watched the last pink wisps of clouds fade to dull gray in the sky above my house.

I thought about freedom and I thought about ignorance. Big topics in Buddhism. Big topics for the human condition. I thought about the lyrics to patriotic songs we were taught in grade school. Lyrics we memorized and sang on bleachers without ever questioning their meaning or their relevancy. What a grand old flag. A high flying flag. And forever in peace may you wave. I still remember the melodies to songs like these. They live somewhere deep in me, like papers in the way back of a filing cabinet. Something I never thought I’d need to revisit. Something I thought I understood but never really knew enough about in the first place, it turns out.

Ignorance is a strange thing. It swaddles you and endangers you at the same time. It lulls you into believing, as the saying goes: “It’s all good” when…

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Mary Welch Official
Age of Awareness

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