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Thoughts for pixie's mom was posted 11/29/1998 03:38 am by David T.
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It's after midnight, and I sit here in pain, unable to sleep, once again waiting until all the morphine I've taken kicks in and I can finally drift off to blessed sleep (Morphine's name comes from the Greek god of sleep, Morphia.) Pixie's postings about her mother caught my eye, and her questions about why some deaths have to be painful and protracted. As my pain levels increase, I wonder about those questions. Why? I certainly don't have an answer, but during an especially painful time, a friend helped me through a guided medidation called called Tonglen or "compassion." It is a way to take on the pain of others. Her concept of compassion is more than pity. To practice true compassion is to know all humans are the same and suffer the same way, to honor all those who suffer, and to know you are neither separate from nor superior to anyone. Her prayer of compassion was this, which I offer and say in my heart for pixie's mom and others: "May the pain of every living creature be completely cleared away. May they all be freed from pain and confusion; may they all find comfort and peace of mind. May whatever suffering I am enduring now and in the future help others achieve enlightenment." What is wonderful is that by my saying these thoughts in my mind, my own pain goes away! It also seems to make pain and suffering less meaningless to me.

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