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Take a stone of sadness that has been burdening you and put it aside, just far enough that something new can grow in its stead.

Sometimes our very sadness over disappointments in ourselves, our neighbors, our loved ones or our entire country can be transformed into a restorative process toward tangible good.

Who does not get down when we see our world or our relationships in shambles? But very few of us actually want to stay “stuck” in that sadness. And so we can either move toward anger and/or self-inflicted wounds, or we can begin to heal the wounds we so clearly see in & all around us.

It takes time to unburden ourselves of what Eckhart Tolle calls “pain bodies” that we have been carrying around, which are like stones or layers of impenetrable caliches in a garden bed that we wish to prepare in the hope that water can freely flow and new growth can arise. But that “unburdening” and turning away from the sadness–or at least composting it into something fertile and absorbent–is what most of us need most these days.

Remember that you are not alone in wanting to move from degradation to restoration…that is a struggle for many of us in the world every day. So today–this very morning—take a stone of sadness that has been burdening you and put it aside just far enough that something new can grow in its stead.

Bless all of you who are suffering through this winter and this political windstorm. There are others around you trying to keep upright as well. Reach out.

-Brother Coyote

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