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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The miracle of death and life

Just recently my grandfather passed away which reminded me of the beauty of life and connections between people. Death can be very difficult, but I have found that being close to the leaving of a soul can be a very sacred experience also. To me both birth and death are full of this beauty and sacredness. To watch the passing of a loved one or the birth of a new baby is full of wonder. Sometimes there is sorrow, especially with a death, but a wonder nonetheless. Pain is associated with both, but hard work is another way of describing them. There is a passing from one world to the next that is miraculous and not really quite understood-a mystery that perhaps someday we will hold the answer to. It is the miracle of life.

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Birth is a Journey: Does it have to be life changing?

  • One woman might have to climb on an overfilled boat, risking her life and nearly dying as she escapes over the ocean to come to this land. This experience could certainly be life altering. It may very well color the rest of her life, positively or negatively. (I overcame this amazing struggle and here I am triumphant! OR Holy crap, that was SO hard I don’t know if I can go on! By the way, neither response is “right”. No one would judge the woman with the 2nd response.)
  • One woman may buy an airplane ticket, sit on a comfortable 747 and fly to America with a nice smooth flight and landing. She is happy to be in America. Those welcoming her are glad she is here safe and sound. She may only travel by plane 2-4 times in her life, so it is pretty memorable. But the journey itself probably wouldn’t be life changing; it would simply be a journey.
  • One woman may learn to fly an ultra-light plane to lead a flock of geese into America teaching them to migrate. This experience could certainly be empowering and life altering.