by Maggie French
When I decided to write this column, Living Whole, I was perplexed about how to describe "living whole," because how one lives in balance is so personal.
I am a believer in analogies as they allow one to follow one's own path to a similar place. So, I begin with a story, a story of lake waters. In late July, my Dad wanted me to join him in a visit to the lake cottage of his youth. As day two of our visit was about to begin…
It was quiet at six that morning. The world was not quite day, yet no longer night. I opened my eyes to view the waters of the lake, still, as if the spigot of streams into this waterway had been turned off for the evening.
I took myself down to the lake's edge and stood before a mirror of sky and clouds. In this reflection, in this peacefulness, I saw balance.
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Comes Without Warning
In the Spring 2012 Department of Meditation column, I wrote about the recent deaths of three people: my very dear very Greek ex-mother-in-law, Anne; a revered Tibetan lama, Thinley Norbu; and Cassia Berman, the poet. In my summer column, I didn't write about the death of anyone.
But that was not because no one I loved had died. It was because I could not bear to write it. My dear friend Bill Finley died on April 14, 2012. Like Cassia Berman, his death was unexpected; like Cassia, we'd met at Sarah Lawrence, where he taught acting. I'd known him since I was 20.
His wife Susan, who I've known almost as long and equally well, had tried to call me to tell me Bill was ill and in the hospital, but the message never reached me.
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