In the flames

I lived in Minneapolis for 30 years before moving to a smaller town. The fires there last night were in my old neighborhood of many years. Though I’m not there any longer, I still felt the sadness, grief, and anger. At the mindfulness group this afternoon, several of us there had lived for years in the city, so though we’re 45 miles away it still felt close, and the sadness hung heavy. We talked of giving that grief space, seeing things as they are, not letting the lies that others tell become the truth, and trusting both the truth and ourselves. And then talked more about the sadness. And then this exercise arose out of our words and grief.

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