I have done very little since mid January. My father in law has been in declining health which worsened at the end of January. Since then, together with my partner, I have been caring for, watching over, praying for, and now grieving for my father in law.
Tom died last Sunday. I miss him, he was a good man. This is for Tom:
This Body is Not Me by Thich Nhat Hanh
This body is not me
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars, manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass, sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide- and seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
~By Thich Nhat Hanh, Chanting and Recitations from Plum Village. Page 188.