Lama Jigme Gyatso
Sorrow and Health - 17sep21
Vince Lombardi taught
“Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
And our friends at alcoholics anonymous teach
that hunger, annoyance, solitude, and fatigue
can trigger our brainstem’s addictions.
have taught that depression
is the body’s response to inflammation,
an evolutionary safety measure
to make sure that the ill get sufficient rest
and that the infected do not contaminate others.
Neither sorrow nor depression
are spiritual indictments,
although they can offer a valuable critique
of our diet and lifestyle.
Therefore let us not dismiss sorrow ham-handedly
as Yoda dismissed Anakin’s portentous concerns
for Padme’s death.
Let us conclude
with a simple
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