Sunday, June 30, 2013

Two years ago...

This was something I was sent two years ago, I wanted to share it again as it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever received:

In June 2011 I lost a dear sweet friend, author Elle Newmark.  For those of you that never had the chance to speak to her or read her work I would highly recommend it.  A wonderful woman and courageous up until her last days.

She sent an email to her friends (via her daughter) and I decided to share it as it sums up what kind of person she was.  I will miss her always!

Dear friends,

First, let me apologize for sending so intimate a message via so impersonal a medium. It is time for me to say goodbye and the stiff, business format of e-mail feels inappropriate at best, offensive at worst. But oxygen deprivation has left me unable to write by hand. So...

...What you are to me? I'm a scuba diver and I see watery, jewel-tones glimmering beneath salt-eaten planks and a barnacle-crusted bow. Silver fish dart in and out of polished wood, shards of ebonite, pearwood and coral. Buried treasure tangled in seaweed and algae, gifts from the waves. Each of you precious in your own right and together a treasure beyond measure. Even the brevity of our acquaintance cannot diminish the richness of our friendship. You have the subtlety pearls, the flash of emeralds, and the value of gold.

...What am I to you? Grateful. I will turn off my computer for the last time at the end of today. In the meantime, I want you to know how profoundly touched and privileged I feel to have known you.

I take comfort in the knowledge that we are all made of stardust and therefore part of each other. This is not a theory, it's a fact. The atoms that exploded to create this universe are the very same that animate us for our short stay on earth. Matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed. The body is no mystery. We can watch it, birth to death, eventually absorbed into the earth and recycled. But where does the energy that makes me who I am go? This is a question I am very much looking forward to having answered.

Please don't grieve. Join me in celebrating a life blessed with an embarrassment of riches. The only nuisance has been this weakling body and I will be happy to be rid of it. But I will always carry some part of you in my (cosmic) heart, and I will always be part of yours. We have touched each other's lives and I am the better for it.

So until we meet again, this is my farewell.


This body is not me.
I am not caught in this body
I am life without limit.
I have never been born and I never die.

Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
Manifestations from my wondrous true mind.

Since beginningless time, I have always been
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
Sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.

So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say goodbye,
say goodbye to meet again.

We meet today
we will meet together
we meet at the source in every moment,
we meet each other in all forms of life.

From Thich Nhat Hanh
The energy of prayer

1 comment:

  1. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes. I remember when that happened. She was so talented...look at her writing style for just this one email...amazing.