The Quiet Space of Healing

Recovering from a respiratory infection, I reflect on the reality that we are not our bodies, yet when illness comes, we believe that is all we are, fearing that discomfort will not end, we grieve the now smallness of living. As Lao-Tzu offers, health, contentment, and confidence go hand in hand. Our lack of good health leaves us feeling vulnerable, disoriented, and uncertain.

While in my quiet space of healing, I take the time to cry for the innocents murdered in yet another shooting, catch up on the riveting January 6 hearings, order a t-shirt that reads “VOTE/WE’RE RUTHLESS, and soak in a warm bubble bath while listening to the chants of Krishna Das.

Sound touches us deeply. We know that this too is what we seek, a return to our own unique vibration. Home within.

Hear the songbird trill
Breathe the scent of new mown grass
Lay down your weapons!

“One good thing about music is that when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

Bob Marley

“If it is well with your belly, chest and feet, the wealth of kings can give you nothing more.”

Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.”

Lao-Tzu, 6th Cent, BC, Chinese philosopher

Ongoing Resource List: Reading for Heart and Mind

  • Forever Ours: Real Stories of Immortality and Living by Janis Amatuzio
  • Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman
  • Violence & Compassion by His Holiness the Dahlai Lama
  • Teachings on Love by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • To Bless the Space Between Us by John O’Donohue
  • Meditations From the Mat by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  • The House of Belonging: poems by David Whyte
  • Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit
  • Soul an Archaeology Edited by Phil Cousineau
  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • Listening Point by Sigurd Olson
  • I Sit Listening to the Wind by Judith Duerk
  • Dancing Moons by Nancy Wood
  • The Soul of Rumi, Translations by Coleman Barks
  • Keep Going by Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Arriving at your own Door by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • The Hidden Secrets of Water by Paolo Consigli
  • Conquest of Mind by Eknath Easwaran
  • Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay
  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) by Brene Brown
  • Practicing Peace in Times of War by Pema Chodron
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  • On Death and Dying by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Unattended Sorrow by Stephen Levine
  • Joy in Loving, Mother Theresa
  • The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Let Your LIfe Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Essence of the Upanishads by Eknath Easwaran
  • Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chodron
  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  • Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson
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