Life, Death, and the Present

Christy  35I hope you are having a beautiful week and are feeling lots of love in your life.  I have been struggling for days with what to write. As some of you may know, and some of you may not,  Marriah who manages the administrative work at Yoga Blend, teaches belly dance, and happens to also be one of my dearest friends, lost her fiancé last week.

What to say?  There are no words.  Only feelings.  And lots of them.  Life can be really sad and seem so unfair.  It is in times like these we tend to wake up more fully to the truth of life… that it ends.

No amount of yoga will (nor should it) take away the very confusing, painful and deeply profound process of grieving. We all must go through it.  But when life comes along and knocks the breath out of us, our work is to just keep breathing.  That’s all we can do.  We can practice being in the moment no matter what it is and allow the flood of emotions to wash through us.  With practice, we learn how to keep the breath flowing even when life devastates us so that powerful force of energy doesn’t lodge in our bodies, in our minds and in our hearts causing us to suffer endlessly.  Yoga prepares us to walk through this winding road of life with all of its ups and downs so we can continue to open our hearts, even when it gets broken over and over again.  By turning the attention inside on a regular basis, we are able to still see the light, even in the darkest of moments.  As a result, we are more likely to appreciate and celebrate this moment because we realize that it truly is the only one that exists.

In Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, he speaks of Death:  “You would know the secret of death.  But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?  The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.  If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.  For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.”

I know that many of you are facing your own challenges at this time as well.  In this great mystery we call Life, it is my hope that we all know how much we are loved and appreciated and that we be filled with the truth of our Divine Light despite the circumstances that surround us.  Life is a gift and the only moment that gift is available to us is in the present.  May we enjoy it.  May we cherish it.  May we live large, forgive often and love with all our hearts.  One breath at a time.

With infinite love and gratitude…