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“I so wish I didn’t have to be here, and I am so glad I came!”
This was the heartfelt wisdom that a participant shared at our last Yoga for Grief gathering. I have been holding sacred space for bereaved folks for almost a decade and I could not have said it any better. Why is it that the deeper we love or the fuller we live, inevitably we each must enter into the healing ground of grief one way or another?
I am a fan of don Miguel Ruiz's simple yet profound masterpiece "The Four Agreements." It serves as a basic guide for any and all interactions with others. I couldn't imagine making it any easier than to take four statements and apply them to how I am in relationship to others and my endeavors in this world. I highly recommend any of Mr. Ruiz's works, which can be found here on his website. His Four Agreements are based on ancient Toltec wisdom. Just like the ancient science of yoga, they have stood the test of time. So, I began to think of how these four statements might be applied to one's yoga practice.
As a child, the man in the photo posted here was my hero. Jimmy Carter with his graceful and humble response to his cancer diagnosis have once again truly inspired me as a healer helping others to live mindfully and die consciously.
Keeping our cool during the hotter seasons can be a challenge. So I created a list of ways to stay balanced, keep your cool, and maintain our inner OM no matter what obstacles or temperatures we face. Check them out and feel free to let me know whats that you have found help you keep your cool.
“Each experience of love nudges us toward the Story of Interbeing, because it only fits into that story and defies the logic of Separation.”
The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
Spring is here and change is the only constant in our lives. Connecting to nature is by far one of the most healing things we can do for ourselves and I hope that you take time to do so during this magical time of the year. And, in tuning into nature and our inner wisdom, we also face the impermanence that riddles our lives.
For the past several years, I have had the honor to hold space for hundreds of people in my Yoga for Grief workshops. I added the subtitle: Healing Hearts, Healing Bodies because I found that through a yoga practice that participants were able to release emotions that had become stuck in the body and helped them move through some very difficult mind states. I also always knew that just a half day of yoga was not a miralce cure for the bereaved heart. So what might one do to patiently tend to a healing heart during an extended time of grief? In my own personal journey and from hearing from others, I have found that the following three activities have been helpful during the darker days of loss to channel the pain, anguish or even work through the numbness. These three activities also provide a safe go to place even after the acute grief response has subsided and we come to realize that there will be waves of grief in the days, months, or years to come.
Here is to a season of HUMIILITY, GRATITUDE,
& truly recognizing that we already have all that we need!
HUMBLE PIE is delicious and best when enjoyed daily!
What does it mean to be humble?
Grief is a multifaceted response to loss, particularly to the loss of someone or something, who has passed away, to which a bond or affection was formed. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, spiritual, and philosophical dimensions. Source: Wikipedia - See more at: http://ilovenamaste.com/uncategorized/note-yoga-grief#sthash.gEJdonD6.dpuf
As I sit here writing to you, I am resting my healing foot on a hot water bottle and I am sipping on my Chinese herbs that are helping my bones and ligaments heal. I feel blessed to have a healthy body and a loving community that has allowed me to take it easy over the past couple weeks. But I'm only just beginning to accept the yoga lesson this injury has brought me: