Mourning

There is something very peaceful and grounding about working in a garden. Perhaps this direct contact with the Earth is healing, fingers digging through the soil in a Zen-like repetitive motion, absorbing and melting away sorrows.

Today, my dear friends Michael and Kristina lost their Dad. Sadness and grief are hard to push aside in such moments, often leaving us with thoughts of missed opportunities. How can we overcome such hard and painful moments?

These are my sincere thoughts for them but also for every one of us. I believe that those who leave us are sometimes closer to us than they ever had been in physical life. And so, accept to open your heart to them again in this new segment of life, for your life carries-on. Choose to liberate yourself from pain through thoughts of love for your children, spouse, family and friends. Cherish memories but do not dwell over them, as living in the past only fills the present with regrets.

In such moments, people are brought closer together because everyone suffers the loss of beloved souls. Regain strength and energy through the love and caring offered by friends and family. Acknowledge that this is a great moment of honesty and that much peace is being offered. Share your pain, dividing the burden, and renew your love and friendship to those around you.

If I may end with this: in Yoga we close our practice with Savasana (corpse pose). This is an essential part of Yoga as it enables us to integrate the practice, the mind becoming more aware of the body and vice-versa. Once we bring our awareness back to the room, we move into fetal pose to remind ourselves that every end offers a new beginning.

May this grieving period bring you a renewed enthusiasm for life’s simplest moments. Much love. Namaste.

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