One Light at a Time
Thich Nhat Hanh said it best, “No mud, no lotus”, and for sure this year has been filled with an abundance of mud. In these last weeks, my family-safe Covid bubble was pierced.
I was filled with shock and awe as our Thanksgiving together turned quickly into triage. I got really scared watching a loved one being wheeled into the hospital and thinking, “Are we going to be bringing her home?” And “I’m never leaving the house again”. As we enter this special Eve, I’m happy to report that everyone is strong and on the mend.
Days before this all unfolded, I came across a quiz on self-compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff. It was so eye opening I have shared it here. https://self-compassion.org/test-how-self-compassionate-you-are/
Self-Compassion is different from self-esteem or self-indulgence. It allows us to give ourselves kindness and be with our experience and keep the bigger picture present and know whatever we are traversing there are others out there as well, experiencing their version of the same thing.
As I leave this year behind, the beauty of the lotus surrounds me in the moments: lying under a warm afghan, colorful Christmas lights covered in a new dusting of snow, and heartfelt connections with old and new.
May your heart and spirits be lifted as we enter the new year, and may you know the light that you are.
P.S. I love to connect, feel free to comment.