Endings are difficult. When we were at the last retreat of our Institute for Jewish Spirituality rabbinic cohort – 2 years of study, practice, and deep friendships, Rabbi Nancy Flam taught, in the name of Rachael Kessler (z”l) to really pay attention to what we do when we are at the end of something: do we slip away quietly so we don’t have to deal with painful goodbyes? do we say – oh we will keep in touch even though we have no intention of doing so? do we leave early so we don’t have to say goodbye?
Mindfulness is just about feeling what one is feeling, being aware of that, and breathing into it. Accepting it. Everything changes. Things end. Things begin. It’s good to create space in our own selves for all of it.