|photo provided by toni bernhard of her son, daughter-in-law & granddaughter|
And when Cam plays on her own, Bridgett and I get to visit – just the two of us. (Sometimes we call it our “carnival cruise time.”) I didn’t know her well before I got sick. Now she’s a close and treasured friend.
I am including a link below (highlighted in purple) to a conversation between Toni and Sylvia at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where Sylvia is a founding teacher. I enjoyed this candid discussion, laced with Buddhist teachings, humor and compassion. It touched on many of my own experiences as a person living with chronic illness. And as Sylvia says somewhere in the recording (I am paraphrasing from memory) "We are all living with the chronic illness called 'life'...it ends with death." I hope you will take the time to listen to this mp3 link from Dharmaseed.org. There is a great deal to be gleaned from what both teachers have to say.