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A Spiritual Cleansing

August 22, 2021

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By Andrea Rouda

I HAVE gained so much weight during this pandemic that even my mantra doesn’t fit anymore. I’ve been waiting for Covid to cease and desist before starting my diet, but the way things look that might not ever happen. So now I need a new diet and a new mantra, two things that are hard to shop for.

My old mantra worked like a charm. Normally the minute I started repeating the opening lines in my head —“Let nothing upset you, let nothing frighten you” — I would start to relax. But now I just figuratively roll my eyes and think, “That’s a crock, because everything upsets me and most things frighten me.” (Calling your mantra a crock is not a good sign.) Anyway, I think I found one.

As for a new diet, that’s easy. The one I’m leaning towards involves no eating whatsoever. No weighing and measuring, no writing anything down. All I have to do is keep my mouth shut and repeat my new mantra:

Accept what is,

let go of what was,

have faith in what will be.


—Andrea Rouda blogs at The Daily Droid

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