The challenges I had faced over the past six or seven months, and the love and support I had received, showed me that relying on others for help was an expression of oneness with all beings. When I asked for help I was living the truth of nonseparation. Zazen [a form of seated meditation] brought me glimpses of oneness with all beings. Illness was helping me realize that I was not alone.

Jim Bedard, Lotus in the Fire