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Contemplation

Having just spent the last several days with my sister at her fiancé’s bedside in a critical care unit, I am challenged to create coherent thoughts about my recent experience. As his path to recovery remains unclear, I cannot help but think about the meaning of experiences such as these. Although illness is never something I would wish upon anyone, the opportunities for mindfulness and connection with our spiritual selves are undeniable.

Some initial impressions…first and foremost, I feel in awe of the outpouring of love for our dear friend expressed by his friends and family. In our everyday experience, it is often hard to know how much we mean to each other. Whether it’s related to physical or emotional distance, it can be easy to lose track of the depth of our connection with one another. Through these connections, we can all feel a part of a greater whole, regardless of our spiritual belief system.

Then there is the question of faith. Faith can be hard when there is no evidence to support your belief. How do you maintain your faith under such conditions? There is no easy answer. Sometimes all you can do is be open to your feelings and treat your emotions with the utmost care and respect. With this approach, you build faith in yourself, regardless of the outcome.

I don’t know what will happen in the next hours, days, weeks and months but I know what I will be doing. I will savor the rich texture of my sensory experiences in this physical life. And I will show those I love how much I love them.

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Thinking of you and your family… This was a beautiful reminder of how fragile life is and especially this time of year how important it is to be thankful for eachother.

Posted by Kendra on 19 November 2012 @ 11am

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