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Sorrow is NOT an Indictment - 3nov21

Remember sorrow is NOT an indictment.

There is NO shame in grief.

Don’t let any boob tell you otherwise.

Blinded by shame

we often rush toward healing

yet gain no progress.

In the twenty-eighth chapter

of the Dao De Jing

we read that if we accept the world

the Dao will be luminous inside us.

But acceptance is easier said than done.

After all, as mammals

we are wired to cling to our loved ones

and feel their suffering most acutely.

BEFORE you meditate

with the words “Notice this…


contemplate four to twelve repetitions

of the following rhetorical question:

As you breath in

silently and mentally recite “How could I…”

and as you breath out

silently and mentally recite “accept this?”

while physically relaxing

as best you can.

Try this whenever grief strikes afresh.

Like the mourners on Naboo

at Padme Amidala’s funeral.

Let us conclude

with a simple

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