Last night I was mesmerized as I watched American Idol’s Leah Marlene sing Tom Odell's “Heal.” Listening to lyrics like “take my mind and take my pain like an empty bottle takes the rain, with words like “tell me some things last” I thought back on the last two months when, after running from a situation, falling, and breaking two bones; after finding an old friend and losing him again; and finally after getting four days off only to awaken on the first morning full of cold and misery, I wanted to give up.
But then, late last night, while getting into bed, I stopped. “Take a deep breath,” I commanded myself. “If you can’t do a whole meditation, take just one long, deep breath.”
I took that one breath, and as I exhaled, I began to heal.