The World Made Right

When you’re in severe physical pain, the only thing you want is for the pain to go away.  I think the same can be said for our emotional pain.  Our emotional and mental anguish can overwhelm us to the point where we let it consume us or we try to get rid of it by […]

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Would You Rather…?

They say that life is stranger than fiction, and the universe is never short of dilemmas to dole out.  This post is more of a writing prompt based on a simple question asking you to choose between similar situations, usually from news stories I come across.  I asked my spouse the same question I’m posing […]

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Understanding Grace

  As I’ve already mentioned, despite being raised with both Buddhist and Christian values, I don’t feel that I understand either religion very well. But this weekend, I’ve gained a better understanding of God’s grace. First a disclosure: I have rewritten this post so many times because it’s a long, complicated story about seeing someone […]

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Choosing to Suffer

The first Friday of February was freezing!  The snow came quickly this morning and pushed back all my plans for the day.  The little black dog and I stayed inside and kept ourselves busy; she was busy sleeping (she’s an old girl), and I took up suffering. Who volunteers to suffer?  Well, apparently me when […]

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Unforeseen

It’s the last day of January.  The month opened with such optimism and hope for the New Year, only to end with a silent, cold trepidation.   Last week, our dog passed away.  Today, a family friend lost his long battle with cancer.   A sudden death or a prolonged death – the sadness is […]

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Lighting the Darkness

We all grieve, but we express it differently.  I try to write or do something creative to help me make sense of what I’m feeling.  My mother is a Theravada Buddhist.  Myself?  I’m more of an observer than a believer or practitioner (maybe someday), but I’ve appreciated how other people practice their faith. The day […]

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Monday Meditations

I am feeling old today, a bit worn down by life but I wanted to share two things that were on my mind. A quote and a song, each from different religious perspectives but sharing the same message about living life with purpose.  I hope that you’ve found it as I am still searching.   […]

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