I had a different post scheduled for this week
but the untimely death of a certain public figure
and beautiful, tortured human being
as well as the recent diagnosis of a family illness
left me with the need for something different.
Monday, August 11th,
was also the birthday of a beloved friend
who would have been 51
but was taken from us,
fighting all the way,
So I went in search of Buddhist quotes
as I sometimes do.
"The secret of health for both mind and body
is not to mourn for the past,
nor to worry about the future,
but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
Today's quote is so basic
but a real reminder that when we spend our precious energy
on rehashing the past or worrying about the future,
our bodies don't have their full energy potential for healing and staying healthy.
And usually, rehashing and worrying
are filled with toxic, negative emotional components
that also destroy our ability to heal.
Being in the present
gives our bodies all the attention they deserve
and the energy they need.
And since the present moment is really the only thing we truly have,
we might as well be living it to the fullest.
Take a moment today,
maybe even more than one,
and spend it in gratitude just for this one particular moment
and the beauty around you,
your friends, your family,
and the love that encompasses you
through the grace of God and the universe.
Feel that peace.
And wish that soul (among so many others)
who just chose to leave us
a breathy, beautiful farewell
and that same peace.
My hope is that my friend is there to greet him,
these two who both so loved the same city.
That they still feel the love we send them
and know how much joy they brought to us
and that they keep each other giggling
with their funny characters and voices.
Miss you both.
Til we meet again.
(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen
Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon)