Tombstone symbolizing impermanenceAfter wrapping her fingers around my wrist, my acupuncturist exclaimed, “I can barely feel your pulses!”

Then she added, “But I can tell you’re not dead.”

Why was I surprised?  I knew already that certain poor choices had sent me into a downward spiral.  A spell of chilly weather froze me to the bones.  To add insult to injury, I scampered about the garden in the chilly mist for three full hours without bundling up.  Sandled but bare feet gliding through wet grass.  Placing my bum on a cold, damp rock wall for far too long.

Still, her exclamation sent a mild but penetrating shock wave reaching deep into my cells.

“I’m not dead? What does she mean?  Am I that close to being dead?”

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