A quick recommendation and a simple question

Day: December 22, 2016

A quick recommendation and a simple question

If you have not yet come across Byron Katie, I would suggest delving into her work–and then doing The Work.   The idea, in very basic terms, is that every situation and emotion is all dependent on our own perception.  It’s about working through those thoughts that eat away at us and getting to the truth of them.  And it’s not always easy.  Sometimes it comes back on us in ways we don’t expect!   But isn’t that what we want?  To be open, vulnerable, brave, honest and kind?   A question that stuck with me from The Work is

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A poem for us, about you

‚ÄčOur wild sea is white in your absence though dogs leap and roll on the shingle, knowing nothing of our grief.   Of course, you are not really absent,  and the leaves, now withered and cracked, will grow again, emerald in the spring.   These songs we sing with tears in our throats will rise beyond this simple roof and be carried upon the clouds to your quiet, eternal heart. Lovers, daughters, friends and mothers shall never truly part.   Your kindness and grace, bestowed throughout the years, has given comfort and inspiration to us all.  Of all the words you

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Thoughts on living and dying

It is easy to forget, in the rain and the routine, the aches and pains of each day, what a tremendous privilege it is to be alive.   Proximity to death brings a kind of urgency about life that one can quickly lose in the humdrum of work, commuting and making dinner.  Having just witnessed the passing of my beloved grandmother, I am feeling a range of emotions from sadness to gratitude to emptiness.  But, within the grief, there is also an overwhelming urge to live.  To stop worrying, stop complaining, stop being fearful, stop clinging onto things not meant

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