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When Life is a Nightmare - 29oct21


Life is not always bliss.

When life is tragic, and cruel and nightmarish

what are we to do?


When we are sitting by a relative’s bed in the hospice

watching them suffer

and waiting for the inevitable

what are we to do?


The most basic imperative,

way down at the bottom of your brain is simple…

breathe.


As you breathe in

exercise the courage

to be vulnerable to everything:


to your experience,

to your relative’s experience,

to the circumstance itself


and to whatever cartwheels

across the stage

of the theater

of your mind.


You can NOT inhale forever,

and when it is time to breath out…

relax.


Relax as best you can

and set space for your mind to release,

at least to a certain degree.


Your vulnerability

will communicate

more elegantly of your love for them


than a hundred hallmark cards,

or a thousand picnics on Naboo.

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with a simple

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