The Work: Applying for Integration
I've recently become aware that in some ways I hold on to chronic pain and difficult, repeating emotions as if I’m harboring foreign refugees. I can be patient, accepting, kind, understanding—but at some level I’m still hoping they will go away.
Recent work with various awareness practices has been helping me realize these guys are citizens. They are me, here—in fact central parts of me, simply waiting to be fully integrated. Most of the distress I feel is in the denial, the fences, imaginary borders.
These are my sensations, my people.
They keep coming around, applying for integration.
I can be more curious.
I can ask them to dance.
Art and Practice
Don Freas is an artist, writer, and poet in Olympia, Washington.