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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

So We Wait


And so we wait. There is no beautiful sugar coating, no frosty protection to freeze out the emotions, not really. To open our hearts in love for family, for friends, for our own selves, for all beings in the face of suffering is a risk. There is no beautiful sugar coating, no frosty protection to freeze out the emotions that arise, the essence of our humanity, vital, tender, precious, leaving us feeling both frightened and hopeful as the rhythm of our days beats on. We wait. Or as a wise friend said to me this morning on the phone we might consider “What’s the next mitzvah, I can do?”  And even though he used the word “next” I do believe this is an invitation to be fully present to the moment unfolding.

Who or what needs our attention right now? Who or what needs our compassion, our love? Sometimes there is something we can do, a physical act of lovingkindness, gemilut chasadim. Going for a visit, preparing a meal, offering a ride, doing laundry, sending an email or making a phone call. Other times the act appears on the surface to be simply waiting. Inaction. With kavanah, intention, sitting in silence, breathing in the painful emotions, exhaling chesed; the conscious breath becomes an effortless prayer. An act of the heart, vital, tender, precious, frightening, hopeful, human.

My friend came through her surgery and is in ICU being watched closely, prayed for fervently. Thank you to everyone who offered up prayers for her, please keep them coming. There is a week’s worth of waiting for a pathology report. I have several other people I am praying for continuously at this time, I know many of you are doing the same for people you care about. As Thanksgiving (here in the USA) approaches, I am grateful, not that beloveds are suffering, but that they are a part of my life, that I can hold them lovingly in my thoughts and heart in prayer because they have taught me so much, because I am a better human, because I know them. 

Sometimes, the emotional stress of sadness and worry on my nervous system causes my body to react. Today has been that kind of day. My voice at moments clear, suddenly goes wonky, my legs at moments strong, shake and refuse to move forward without assistance. It is powerful to consider how love can have a physical impact on the ways our bodies function. Ultimately, the sadness and worry boil down to love, so I do not mind at all these health hiccups. They are worth each stammered, slurred word, each unsteady step, because I know my body is in alignment with my heart, mind and spirit, because beneath it all I am feeling love.
 



21 comments:

  1. Everytime I stop here to visit, I learn so much and grow a little. Be well, and have a wonderful thanksgiving, we often cheat and celebrate the U.S. one as well, there is never enough thanks to give. Lois

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  2. how blessed are your friends to have someone who so mindfully holds space for them in whatever life throws their way

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  3. My thoughts and prayers are with your friend, and always with you, dear one.
    xo

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  4. i am glad your friend came through ok...who needs our help...great question and it echoes your heart....

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  5. LOVE... that word gains a special meaning when stated by you.
    Thanks for this and eveything you share so beautifully with us :-)

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  6. What a wonderful contemplation on helping others. We so want to 'do' something, but as you say, just holding them in our heart-space, witnessing their journey, is often what is needed, or our only choice. What a beautiful offering to your friend. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  7. Holding you and your friend in my prayers and meditations. This is a most beautiful post, and the image is lovely.

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  8. Keeping you all in my prayers.

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  9. Laura, this post reminds me there is always something I can offer, even if it seems like there is no magical way to cure someone's illness or pain. I can still offer a kind word, a listening ear, an open heart ready to receive the flood of emotions.

    Thank you Laura. Thank you.

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  10. The price of love, feeling wonderful, feeling pain, such is life and blessed are those who choose to have it in their lives for others.

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  11. Aww this is so beautiful Laura, and your beauty emanates through your words. Thank you for the enlightenment you have given me today. God bless you my friend! :-)

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  12. You describe frost well! Happy your friend came through surgery...Thankfulness is right

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  13. literally, be still my heart!

    and you are amazing.

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  14. i'm glad to read your friend came through her surgery, and that she has so many loved ones holding her in their hearts and prayers. remember to be gentle with yourself, too, during these times, okay?

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  15. I am humbled by you, dear Laura. The depth of love in your heart and soul shines so clear. To know that love sometimes brings adversities, and to accept those adversities AS love ... what a powerful heart message you bring today.

    Love and peace today, Laura.

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  16. I was just talking on the phone with a friend about how much it means to have people in our lives who care about us for no other reason than they love us ~

    Sending love your way ~

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  17. ahh such wisdom here in your words, laura... this waiting; i need to do it more. when we wait, we give God a chance to act. love you friend. love your heart... may you know strength today.

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  18. Health hiccups. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Whenever I visit, I am always uplifted and thankful for now. Not fretting about the past or anxious for tomorrow. Just refocused on my life today. Now. I will say prayersmfor you this Thanksgiving. Now il off to catch up a bit more on your blog.

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