Pema Chodron teaches that when you’re in pain, remember: ‘Other people feel this, too.’

This tightening in the chest.

This fear of being alone.

This pleasure from and for our children.

This exhaustion from our children.

This opening to the sun as it shifts toward spring.

This 2 am fretting about taxes, the roof, the boiler, your son’s math.

This melting at a simple taste – grapefruit, red pepper, wine, chocolate.


Whatever this is. It has been felt before and will be felt again. You are not alone.

Can I use this not only to soften my isolation but to remember and open to connection, to melt separation?


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