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Wed Feb 1, 2017, 04:01 AM

35. Calm down and meditate


I'm a senior with heart disease. I need my medicare and social security. After Trump was elected, I had serious thoughts about suicide. So I understand your fear and dread. But I'm also (and more importantly) a Buddhist. Maintaining a calm state of mind and a focused determination is how we shall defeat this evil. Panic implies paralysis. We are more effective when we can calmly look evil in the face, and say Boo! Focus on what needs to be done to defeat it, rather than if we stay freaked out about it.

Sounds like you need a break. Some tender, loving care, and reassurance. Do you have family and friends to support you? We live in degenerate times. But it ain't the civil war or the Warsaw Ghetto, or Pearl Harbor. As a Buddhist, I know that things fall apart and then they come together and then they fall apart and then they come together again endlessly. Nothing lasts forever. All things are impermanent. But the trick as the Zen Buddhists say is to hold your seat no matter what comes your way. That is, remain calm. Calm yourself down. Meditate, or take a nature walk, or clean the house. Do whatever is your thing to calm down. But the very best medicine of all is to get involved in a way that helps others. Can you find some way to volunteer a few hours a week to help others?

Sending you rays of sunshine to dispell the darkness

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