Yes, illness and injury can evoke a deep selfishness in us ... a necessary selfishness: the will to live and the need -- the urge -- to be well and strong and vital. What also can come: selfwithness ... an evolution in our capacity for empathy and tendresse ... calm/ing, composed and courageous response to illness and injury, rather than contemptuous reaction against them --
For every one's experience is a mirror of all ... and practical, respectfully applied compassion -- a genuine response to what we find in the mirror -- is the one medicine that never, ever fails --
Welcome, reader ... This blog is where faith, love and wise mind tussle with despair, shame, and confusion ... and with the best humour I can rustle up. I write here as a person who lives in the aftermath of severe developmental traumas; much of my life's work, both personal and professional, has been in the service of healing existential injury and volitional paralysis, and evolving through the grace of relation ...
~~ Mercy has no boundaries ~~ (Leonard Cohen, Book of Mercy)
Take a boo at the blog; you'll find me there, in one of three guises: Pushing Fifty Gently... is where I sass, opine, and worship my cats. The Quoteable I Ching is here to honour a wisdom tradition that I follow and revere ... and A Post-Cynical Seer chronicles one soul's deeper currents and journeys. Otherwise, I'm likely to be upending my home in search of my glasses, tripping over cats as I go, and spilling my tea. I'm no longer pushing fifty ... Fifty's pushing me!