I notice you most when…
- I find myself dwelling in the past.
- I feel the weight and the burn of yet another tight-lipped smile.
- minutes of disquiet turn into hours, yet again.
- I’m scrambling to find validation for my pain by quantifying my struggles.
- each time I mumble into the phone, “I’m okay, mom. I really am. Everything is fine.”
- I go home and see my family pore over old photos from Vietnam strewn across the house, memories coming up when you least expect them to
- I close my eyes in the car while the windows are rolled down, moving at 40 mph but feeling perfectly still at the same time
- I think of taking care of my grandmother as a child—a family display of generational strength and love shifting over time, from birth to illness to death
- I look at someone and see who I was in the past in them
- I take a deep breath at the beginning of each class with Kathy
- I look up at the sky and see the clouds that move across the world, reminding me of the value of the vast Earth under my feet.
- I realize the importance of a healthy body mind and body when I am feeling unwell
- life’s light withers away on a loved one
- the memories of distant past presents itself in the form of dreams
- an extreme emotion overtakes my rational thought
Thank you for helping me to let go, heal, and transform my…
- bitterness to become a more forgiving, gentler person than I was in the past.
- emotional outbursts that would inevitably follow me after bottling up my feelings.
- definition of empathy and ultimately allowing me to become a more empathetic person.
- methods of resilience that can heal marks of intergenerational trauma.
- frustrations from feelings of helplessness into empowerment.
- misunderstandings of the world around me and of myself.
- lack of love and compassion for myself