This afternoon I was watching an old movie on the cable, station TCM and in it, the female lead used the phrased; "Taking the cure" for addressing her drinking problem. Back in the day people said;"Taking the Cure" not "Rehab". Then, like now, mostly the rich, "Took the Cure", as the rich here go to over-priced Rehab Centers in the Malibu hills, with beautiful vistas of the Pacific ocean. The results of success were about the same then as now about 50/50. For "The Cure" & "Rehab" only address the symptom of drinking or other drug abuse, not the reality that that life can be very hard on our hearts, minds, and souls! Often we drink or take drugs as a way to numb ourselves to the pain, confusion, and heartache of life. There are times I feel so over-whelmed with loneliness that I want to crawl out of my skin! But, thank goodness, I don't reach for a drink or drugs to numb the pain but I can understand why people do. There is no cure or rehab for heartache, we just have to breath and live through it, with prayers and love.
About me? Reminds me of that question one gets on a job interview or a first date -"So tell me about yourself?" Sends chills down my spine. What am I to say? I am wonderful & brillant- now hire me , love me - buy me dinner buy me a drink. I like to see myself as my favorite image, the dancing Shiva. That's me, a dancing Shiva dancing within the circle of cosmic fire the energy of life , birth & distruction with the instruments of creation, music and weapons of war in my hands while balancing one foot in the air and one foot pressing down on ignorance. Life is just a balancing act after all.