Hi guys - I was just wondering if maybe some of you had a little advice for a stressful situation?
I don't want to depress you all with the details, but I've been having a bit of a tough time in my life since the end of last year. My uncle became very ill and passed away within a few months of falling ill. Following this a lot of trouble was created by his new partner surrounding wills (again skipping details, but it was serious enough to involve solicitors). Anyway, through all of this my family became very upset and stressed - some of them even dividing to side with my uncle's partner. Around this time I also lost the friendship of someone I was extremley close to and valued greatly for, as far as I could see, a no solid reason (it was out of both of our controls) - I still do not understand this and still question it to this day, but it's hit me very hard... Despite all of this though, I did manage to stay out of the confrontations and incidents within my family, but have not managed to come out unscathed and I'm suffering a lot from it now.
Buddhism has provided me so much comfort and relief through this time (I've no idea how I would have got through without it!!) so I'm slightly unsure why I'm so affected after the fact. I was just hoping that maybe someone might have a little advice, a tried and tested technique or maybe some reading to help relieve some of the stress? I'm also hoping to go out this weekend to put together my own shrine at home, so any ideas for this are greatly appreciated too
Sorry if my story has brought any of you down!
With much metta,