I’ve been reading “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle and though I read parts of it before, once again, when I am ready, I get the lessons I need to learn.  Pema Chodron’s book “The Wisdom of No Escape” sat on my shelf for years before I was ready to read it.

This morning I read this paragraph:  “Don’t seek happiness.  If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness.  Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it.  Unhappiness covers up your natural state of well-being and inner peace, the source of true happiness.”

This past week I have been at the hospital with a dear friend, Emily.  I have written about spending time with her and her husband, Len, in the country for years.  She is truly one of the most generous and supportive friends I’ve ever known.  Emily is in the ICU at Mt. Sinai Hospital and they don’t know what is wrong with her.  She’s on a breathing tube and for a few days we thought she had no chance, but yesterday, she seemed to be a bit better.  The outpouring of concern has been amazing.  I don’t know if Emily knows how deeply she is loved by so many people all over the world.

One Thought on “Unhappiness is in me, my friend Emily is ill

  1. I learned much about life and happiness sitting with suffering in the ICU. I’m glad you have wise spiritual companions in Tolle and Pema Chodron. Sounds like your friend is surrounded by healing love–and that you are, too.
    Blessings, Elaine

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