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  •  Practicing Buddhism saved me at one (2+ / 0-)
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    mzinformed, nezzclay

    Point in my life.  To simply become quiet, observe, to be able to detach in healthy ways gave me room to focus on healing me.  Stayed on that path, and because of that don't have a problem spinning my wheels needlessly during problem solving either.  The juice flows much more freely.

    When my son was going to die without a surgery though and he had been denied by insurance, I was really lost as a Buddhist.  A new fork in the road.  After becoming able to feel what was happening to me NOW, it was time to fight but Buddhist don't fight do they?

    Another mother of a disabled child that I am friends with calls herself a ninja now :)  And I do fight now and it doesn't conflict with my path because intent is everything.

    When my son was on the elevator at the children's hospital last year going to 4th floor, a child from second floor road with us.  All the children instinctively know that second floor is rough, everyone is bald on second floor.  When the child exited my son tells me that sometimes he feels bad for himself and he gets so tired of going through what he must go through but at least he doesn't have to go through what the kids on second floor have to go through.  Makes me clutch my heart, makes me want to sob, but at the same time, they say the darnedest things that slay everything in the way.

    I am better able to work with my son's surgeons via my path.  I am just stronger than I would be without it, and these surgeons are crazy brainy people who never believed that at some point people won't walk on water :)

    I don't know that my son will get to have the whole deal, a full life, but I would not have missed one second of life with him.

    Christopher Hitchens could really give Buddhists the What For.  He had me rolling on the floor and what is wonderful about being a Buddhist?  Certainly we should have become able to laugh at ourselves.  I loved him.  I miss him.  Nobody could dress us down better though.

    It is only your path though, and there will be many teachers.  Sometimes people become ready for or need different teachers.


    •  Another gem of a comment (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you so much for sharing your feelings about this. If it wasn't clear from the original post, I hope it shows in my reactions to so many wonderful responses to it that I have great respect for this path. I'm very glad it was there to help you in your distress with your child's sickness and that it will always be there to help you.

      I loved Hitch too. What a loss. I still have a lot of catching up to do on his writings, but I'm going to take it slow and savor them since there will be no more.

      The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

      by Max Wyvern on Fri May 03, 2013 at 11:14:53 AM PDT

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