My take away is we can enliven our inner world of transcendence safely when we're the ones coming up with quandaries for ourselves. It's a nice place to exercise self-awareness while emotion and our habitual patterns arise. The outer world of course offers its share of material to handle and another is right around the corner. It's coming whether we're ready or not. Why not have a little practice under the belt?
In embracing the happiness-desire-dissatisfaction three-legged stool I appreciate the tale of Arjuna found in the Bhagavad Gita. Behind the deep questioning is the desire to engage in this world ethically. The more compassion felt by someone, the more likely they will tend to get twisted up in angst. As Angela Farmer demonstrated in the asana workshop years ago, a greater or lesser degree of peril and conflict offers the opportunity to wake up. If we're given one thing over and over again in this life it is change. It's all in flux.
This little thesis may or may not have articulated the connected themes at play for me lately. Take what works, leave the rest. Peace!