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With a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction degree (Goucher College, August 2014), I am looking at a new phase in my life. From 1992 to 2009, I served as Founding Executive Director of Miriam's House, a residence for homeless women living with AIDS. I left this position when Chronic Migraine Disease overtook my ability to do my job. Now I hope that a writing career will both accommodate the migraines and give me a creative, productive outlet. And soon, September 4, I will launch my Inkshares author page in a bid to hit the 1,000 pre-order goal in 90  days. The book I want to publish is "Nowhere Else I Want to Be," a memoir of ten of my years at Miriam's House.

21 February 2013

Reading Mariechild Together: Leaving Behind the Flowers

"...[W]hen the mind acknowledges the truth of impermanence it relaxes into itself." So writes Diane Mariechild in today's reflection (Open Mind -- Women's Daily Inspiration for Becoming Mindful). A mind relaxed into itself finds equanimity, which happens to be one of my favorite Buddhist concepts.

Mariechild's final sentence today is, "The mind is balanced." This is the simplest way to state the meaning and effect of equanimity. We are released from worry and ego and fear into compassionate attention and acceptance.

I am reminded also of Matthew 6:8 -- "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They neither labor nor spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon was dressed like one of these." (New International Version)

With equanimity we cease to worry about laboring and spinning. Our minds accept life and its changes, its passages; we worry less about controlling it.

The flowers bloom and they always die. We accept the joy of the blooming and the sorrow of the death without holding on to either; without fleeing either.

We are balanced.

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