Rest in Love

Supportive Practice

Rest in Love

When we are faced with enormous suffering like the reality that 500,000+ people have died due to this pandemic and their families are left grieving, how do we do not lose hope? How do we maintain and cultivate our capacity to respond with compassion and care?

We can ask ourselves, “What would love have me do today?” We can use this question to help inquire lovingly as to how to resource ourselves so we can make space for the pain, to not be swallowed by it.

In my effort to hold tenderly the pain we all feel, I offer you this humble practice:

May this practice cultivate comfort and ease of heart and mind as you continue to live in the midst of this pandemic.

to love life, to love it even

when you have no stomach for it

and everything you’ve held dear

crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,

your throat filled with the silt of it.

When grief sits with you, its tropical heat

thickening the air, heavy as water

more fit for gills than lungs;

when grief weights you down like your own flesh

only more of it, an obesity of grief,

you think, How can a body withstand this?

Then you hold life like a face

between your palms, a plain face,

no charming smile, no violet eyes,

and you say, yes, I will take you

I will love you, again.

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