“We can’t avoid pain but we can transform our response to it.”
As a single woman on the cusp of 50, the Valentine’s Day/Family Day/My Ex’s Birthday triumvirate long weekend is a kind of pain I cannot avoid.
I know that I am where I am at this stage in my life because of my choices – and in all likelihood if I got to do it all over again I would make the exact same choices. However. That does not mean this weekend is easy for me, and I had just had a good crying jag about all of it right before I sat down to do this meditation.
So I had some response transforming to do. What really stood out for me today was the realization that if I don’t decide I must “hold onto” all those bad feelings, they will pass. Quite quickly.
I learned a new expression on the radio this morning – “Catching feelings.” Popular with the Gen Z crowd, apparently. Perhaps they’re on to something – I like the idea of feelings being tossed around like a beach ball…