Its Own Kind of Joy

Often, I write of looking through the life lens of chronic illness. It is the experience I have, the reality I know. Sometimes, it breaks me open, and that is not a bad thing.

Letting go of what is already slipping away

is how we actually enjoy our life

Lewis Richmond 

“Enjoying life” may not seem an apt phrase when writing of chronic illness but in release there is relief. And that is its own kind of joy.

Zen teaches me that peace is available in every moment. It is up to me to settle into the series of signals I know as pain. Through meditation and yoga, curiosity edges out fear.compassion-102016

These low-energy days of a single spark are more productive than not. There is rest in this reflection. In stillness, the body softens, rather than struggling to satisfy.

There is no loss in what slips away on days such as these. It was never mine to keep, just to experience. I am given a new life lens. It, too, is its own kind of joy.

I no longer sip from a half-full glass or even become a lake. Mine is to become the oceans, to be ever at sea, stopping only by land when I have the legs for it.

And someday to be free of land and sea.

Aim for Even posts offer equanimity a dose at a time. No day or dose is ever the same, even if the aim is. You may read about the origins of Aim for Even here or on this site’s About page.

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  1. The photo is so perfectly matched to your words. I have been taking your daily doses at the beginning of my own days, as an antidote to the rush of crazed activity that threatens at every moment to claim my consciousness. Thank you.

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