Emma suggested I write about “new beginnings and offering ways to practice tolerance and hope for those who despair.”
I asked Emma what she suggested to those who are in despair. She typed, “Best to give despair less space.”
“Yeah, okay. How do you suggest people do that?” I asked.
“By filling the mind with all the beauty that is life,” Emma typed.
Yesterday Emma, B. and I talked about what happens when one becomes overwhelmed and how this is a human response, no matter what the neurology. Overwhelm and feelings of not being able to cope are things all people feel from time to time. We discussed different ways people try their best to cope: taking a break, taking a nap, acts of kindness, identifying all one has, gratitude, helping others, being alone, quiet, taking a bath or a walk, being in nature…
Emma described her feelings of overwhelm as, “my mind becomes jumbled and louder.” Her words certainly resonated as this is exactly how I feel as well when everything seems too much and feels more than I can cope with. Then Emma typed, “there should be practice before it gets too jumbled.” This then led to a discussion about meditation and how those who meditate regularly call it “practice” because it is something one does daily and can help when “the mind becomes jumbled and louder.”
At the end of a lengthy conversation Emma typed, “I do want to try meditation.” And so we will.