Friends With Them All

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Make friends with your feelings
even the ones that send you
reaching for a beer
or a cigarrette
or shopping
or a TV show
or bon-bons–
make friends with those feelings
especially.
When you can sit with the discomfort
for even a second longer
than you ever have before,
that is one second closer to awakening.
Instead of seeking alternatives
to the present moment,
can you be a little more present
to this moment’s unfolding?
Right here, this is where the juice is.
Right now, the beating heart.
This life is now,
in whatever form it is currently taking,
in whatever feelings are making
their way from your heart to your brain
and back again,
just listen.
Make friends with them all.

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