Standing in the face of disappointment

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Stay with the feeling in the body. Don’t advance into proliferating a story. Don’t retreat into denying the sense of hurt.

Not advancing, not retreating,

Not real, not empty.

There is an ocean of bright clouds.

There is an ocean of dark clouds.

Dogen, 1200 –  1253

photo Nicolas A. Tonelli

3 thoughts on “Standing in the face of disappointment

  1. I needed this today having received disturbing news about an estranged family member, anxious to reassure my friends I am ok, fearing their pity, or their advice. As Thây said, I need to hold my suffering like a crying baby.

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