There's a new hole in my head:
…a dental implant socket. Fortunately, the whole time Dr. Fucini - the Tooth Fairy's Burly Avatar - was cutting, drilling, implanting, & sewing up, I was visualizing the Thikse Buddha watching over me with benevolent eyes:
I lay on the table receiving love & relaxing the body part by part, feeling into its wholeness & groundedness. A perfectly ordinary, perfectly helpful way to live through what could have been quite distressing. Thanks be to all who have ever taught me to be with discomfort! Here is the mantra of awakening mind, as taught to me by Lama Willa Miller.
May all beings everywhere learn to be with pain, and may all beings receive beautiful care, as I did.
Julie Püttgen is an artist, expressive arts therapist, and meditation teacher.