Practicing Transformation

in: Dharma Topics
Discussion Date: Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Dear Still Water Friends,

One unexpected avenue for me to live more fully in the present moment has been writing a coming-of-age memoir about how my visual impairment and the disfigurement of my left eye shaped my childhood and teenage identity. As I’ve reflected on, crafted, and written down stories from my past, I’ve looked deeply into the roots of challenging patterns and memories. In this process, I’ve been overwhelmed and pulled back into past sorrows and unresolved feelings. This sentence from the Fifth Mindfulness Training, Nourishment and Healing, has helped remind me to notice when I am feeling trapped in old hurts, and lost in anxiety about people’s future reactions to my words.

“I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing, and nourishing elements in... Continued

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