For the past six months or so, I have had a front row seat to watching closely the way my Buddhist sister and neighbor has been quietly and calmly going about the business of cleaning out, giving away, and preparing to move states away from CT. Her concentrated and focused effort in the tedious task has been inspiring to watch. As her house contents became less and less chaotic, her soul grew more contented and peaceful. It was obvious to many around her. She actually shared in conversations details about the process and what it felt like as she was preparing her home and heart to move from her dwelling of twenty years to begin a new adventure.
Sharing in her personal journey of departure has been a sacred time for me as well. For months, I, too, have been practicing the discipline of detaching on several levels. In reality, my friend has greatly motivated me to get to my own house and dig in and start really thinking about needs vs. wants. What is necessary to keep vs. what can I part with so that others may live better? Over the twenty some years of living in our current house, I think we have collected too much, and a lot of "stuff" just sits. Ugh. This doesn't feel like freedom to me. Instead, it feels burdensome.
On an emotional level, the process of letting go is more related to how can I simplify my daily living that better fits my daily-ness of chronic M? This is a big task and not to be taken lightly. It is a personal decision carefully tailored to fit my needs within the boundaries of my family and social life. (Yes, I do still have somewhat of a social life!) As I learn to continually let go of what no longer serves me in my current health status, boy, what a freedom I discover. Big time. To be honest, this is where I have my deepest struggle. I "want" to have certain aspects of my "old life" back. Some days I find myself totally sad and attached to my "easier" days of DOING. That being said, I am being refined in the fire day by day.
The Good Shepherd continually calls me to Him so that He can can give me eyes of faith to discern His Wisdom and true Peace. Letting go from attachments of this world allows much more space for the Holy Spirit to guide me all the days of my life.
With a bittersweet heart, I am letting go of my dear friend and neighbor who has lived across the street from me for twenty years. We will communicate and share life across the miles as many friendships often do. We are spiritual sisters who share Christianity and Buddhism in our journey of life. I thank her for all she has taught to me over the years. She is a very wise lady.
We will luckily have the ability to walk and talk via FaceTime! How wonderful is that?! Encouragement and love are always meant to be shared no matter how close or how far away. I cherish the blessings of my true friendships no matter where they may dwell or no matter how often I am in their physical presence. Love you all, my special ladies! ❤️❤️❤️
I dedicate this post to sweet Nelum--- may God grant you His Peace and His Light on your paths yet untraveled.