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heard John Lewis on ‘On Being’ talk about how hard it is for people to express feelings. sounded almost perplexed about phrases like I love you & I’m sorry being so difficult to say. blessed to be perplexed: you understand very well.

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laughed at the irony of the angel cue [Liberation] ‘cos feeling effects of confinement. but then thought of things you’re glad to be liberated from & spirits lifted.

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after writing about the recent death of the son of my friend Gerry, from whom I inherited my little dog Mattie:

you gave her great peace of mind by telling her you’d take Mattie [“like giving a child away”] & have been forever grateful you did. a good day to re-read ‘The Legacy,’ [Note: you can find this story in the Pages section of my blog]. written almost as much by Gerry as by you. re-read your story, dear one. abiding, abounding grace.      

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important to acknowledge feeling angry but getting mired in it is dangerous. strive for peace, dear one. listen to your body.

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Note: besides getting in touch with your compassionate right brain, this practice also allows for direct communication with your body. This has yielded temporary, sometimes permanent pain relief. Here’s a recent example:

Alternate Hand: finding joy seems trickier, especially since it’s too hot for strenuous gardening & arm hurts. good idea to write to it.

Dominant Hand: Arm, what’s the matter? Why do you hurt?

Response: stress. reflecting your fears & worries.

Dominant Hand: Does relaxing/not using you help? Or is it better to keep you busy?

Response: peace is best.                       

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told [a friend who’s been ill] about amazement list & encouraged her to make one. could make one yourself for these strange times.

In less than 5 minutes I filled a page with a ‘Lockdown Amazement List’ of things like receiving ‘stealth’ gift deliveries, counting 20 different flowers blooming in my yard & strengthening/renewing friendships. Highly recommended!

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you’ve never shied from grief or offering comfort in situations that made others uncomfortable. instinctive for you. a gift to be acknowledged with grateful humility: more than yourself involved.

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the yard’s as full of memories as the house. nearly always see things you wish you could change, but it gets rave reviews. a matter of perspective!

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don’t feel like delving [into feelings about an old betrayal], especially now when the world seems upside down. honor those feelings.

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strange times continue & no experience in how to deal with them. frustrating & depressing. but know that erring on the side of caution when possible is the safest path. doing your best, dear one. all you can do.

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