“In truth you cannot be closer to or further away from life. You cannot be more or less alive. You cannot be abandoned by life. You are life, and so life is here even in your pain, even in your illness. You are no less whole, no less favored by life because you feel ill or there is pain. You are still this wide-open space in which everything comes and goes; no amount of pain or illness can take what you are away. In that sense, what you are cannot be ill, what you are cannot be sick, what you are cannot be broken. Only stories can be broken. Only identities can be ‘sick’. Ideas about ourselves, ideas about what should or should not happen—those can break in two. What you are is always One.”  Jeff Foster