Artwork of Stephanie Shimerdla
What do you do when people you care about
give you less attention than you need from them?
I’m learning a new response: go within. It matters not if their gift is too small.
It matters not if my need is too great – the answer is always the same:
The truth is that there is a continuous flame of life and a fountain of tranquility within each of us.
If it weren’t so, neither you nor I would be alive, as the flame would be out.
On the other hand, why would our bodies and minds go on vacation 6-8 hours a day
when we sleep and dream if there wasn’t a fountain of tranquility and peace within?
I use quiet, gentle music, and pen and paper, sitting on my bed; the softest most comfortable seat in my home.
I have to work a little at quieting down at first. Eventually it clicks in, though.
I don’t chant or burn incense, but that might work better for you.
When I was younger, I’d drive to the beach at sunset to take in the wonder.
Find your real-life resting place;
trust that the flame in you is strong
and the fountain IS there.