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The letter I wrote to Ezra Says It All
January 17, 2019
Dear Ezra (pardon my informality),
The book Aging for Beginners is one of the most helpful books I have ever read. I am 73 and dealing with a cold virus.
In the scheme of things, not the most serious, but because of your advice, I am using this illness to help me work with my
attachments to comfort and control, let alone to my body. Your phrase "inwardly free" was so helpful to me in describing what I am working toward.
This morning, after several days of not reading but just pondering, I felt compelled to open to where I had left off - page 152.
I've been puzzling about why during this illness the only time I feel satisfied is when I am working on my memoir about my ten years in psychoanalysis. It seemed odd until I read your idea about making meaning. That is what I'm doing and it helps me to know this.
I do hope you receive this and accept my gratitude for this book and your courage to continue working on it when you felt you weren't quite ready. Sometimes I feel that about my memoir writing but feel called to continue as I think I have insights to offer.
Thank you SO much! Oh - the other thing is your recommendation to meditate for longer was a challenge I took. I've been meditating with Susan Piver and the Open Heart Project for several years and usually had been sitting for 20 minutes. Now on occasion, I go an extra 10 and that has felt important in many ways.
With great respect,