20 Dec
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How Strange

I’ve been thinking a lot about death….but not in a bad way! It’s just that there seem to be lots of opportunities for me to think about it lately: my sister-in-law is attending her mother’s funeral today; my dharma buddy’s father-in-law died unexpectedly over Thanksgiving; and one of my teachers is at the bedside of her father “from which he will not rise again.”

Last night I had the chance to see a photo of someone who is very near death–he was extremely thin, so that I could see every bone in his chest–and I thought: how strange it is to be alive in these tender, miraculous, impermanent bodies that are so clearly beyond our control.





(image: Music from My Town, by Elizabeth Ortiz


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