Sunrise beach clean up with my son Elias today was, well…
Beautiful sunrise, amazing waves, and the remnants of yesterdays
celebrations scattered for miles. It is
constitution day in Mexico. We gathered
3 bags of discarded plastic and styrofoam. It was an amazing, disheartening, beautiful,
difficult, joyful, challenging experience.
For many reasons.
So, Ive been reflecting and asking. How does one survive the tragedies of
life? How do we get through times of
utter pain, despair, hurt beyond knowledge?
The thing is… pain is real.
Deep suffering occurs because something happened to you. And you have choices. You can choose how you deal with your
suffering. However, there are wrong ways
to suffer. Or maybe I should say there
are ways to suffer that only lead to more suffering.
We all suffer. We all
experience pain. And when we push the
pain away, distract ourselves, pretend that it didn’t happen, we only create an
underlying anxiety. The pain doesn’t go
away if you sim…
We started school in June when the kids school year ended. For the next year Eric and I are solely accountable for their education. There is something really extraordinary about taking on that responsibility. It is daunting, certainly not easy, yet, so rewarding. I am excited and nervous, but mostly excited.
As I work to create mindfulness in my own life, I am finding that as I engage in listening to the kids read I am really "in the moment", not distracted by my phone, or NPR, or anything. Just listening. There is something really amazing about the power of now, I don't necessarily enjoy the content of See Spot Run or Pokemon comics, however, it is pretty wonderful to hear the sweet voices of my babies, take in the sunshine, see their expression, and (my favorite) their response to praise. I can't think of a better feeling than seeing confidence and pride twinkle in the eyes of a child.
So, living in a tiny space with minimal resources, spending…