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A Welcome Break

I was going to take a break by going on a silent retreat. But I tripped on the sidewalk and broke my arm instead. It turned out to be a very efficient way to find myself. Everything cancelled. Forced stillness. Wincing with pain. Cursing. But then, lots of time to look at fluttering leaves outside the window. Many hours to breathe. To read. To listen to music. To make lists of favorite desserts. To feel lucky. And happily, that feeling has not evaporated. The break broke a long period period of sadness. Suddenly I knew exactly what I needed to do. Inhabit the moment and take care. Does it go without saying that my compassion for everyone shot up a million-fold? Well, it did. We never know when the bad break will come, but come it will. We break. We heal. We break. We heal. And each time it happens, we can only hope that we will find our way to be better for it….Maira Kalman

remember the last time that life just stopped? when a topsy-turvy finesse leeched into life to define a new perspective? rekindled a love of sweetnesses forgotten?

Just as we open and heal the body by sensing its rhythms and touching it with a deep and kind attention, so we can open and heal other dimensions of our being. The heart and the feelings go through a similar process of healing through the offering of our attention to their rhythms, nature, and needs. Most often, opening the heart begins by opening to a lifetime’s accumulation of unacknowledged sorrow, both our personal sorrows and the universal sorrows of warfare, hunger, old age, illness, and death. At times we may experience this sorrow physically, as contractions and barriers around our heart, but more often we feel the depth of our wounds, our abandonment, our pain, as unshed tears. The Buddhists describe this as an ocean of human tears larger than the four great oceans….Jack Kornfield

to lighten our cares

Free yourself from the burden of feeling
the need to hold on to anything.
Let go… you are a part of everything.
…..Steve Maraboli

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