- Blog comments from the last two days cause me to reconsider my attitude towards the giving and receiving of human kindness: receive so others can give / gratitude in receiving is a gift to the giver / there’s a lot of love in the world … that’s why I keep coming back [to this blog] / you have touched many people … some of that is coming back to you.
- These words truly catch me by surprise. I’d always thought it amazing that I should be given so many opportunities to be of service. Again and again (over the 18 months of working at hospice, I remarked with gratitude on my good fortune to be asked to sit with patients at the bedside as they looked back on their lives and forward to death; of holding the scared space with their families and friends; of offering inter-faith rituals prior and after death; and of creating funeral and memorial services in direct response to patients and their families wanted them.
- Living with pain for three-plus weeks has brought me face to face with the receiving end of loving kindness. At times I resist, decline, push away, become suspicious of others’ motives. While my heart has expanded beyond its ego-centric boundaries, it continues to trip over deep roots of unworthiness.Thank you all being my inadvertant teachers, for pointing me to yet another gate: one that opens into a wide space of unknown mercy. “The key word in working with pain … is ‘softening,'” writes Stephen Levine, “It has the power to transmit the spaciousness required for deeper investigation and letting go.”source: Levine, S. (1991). Guided meditations, explorations and healing. New York: Anchor Books, p. 202. image: (top) soulresearch.com