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.


Beauty in all things

Whether we realize it or not, beauty is all around us.  Although we may think of beauty as man-made, true beauty does exist in art, in others and in our environment.  I think that part of the sorrow we sometimes feel, is pure oversight.  Unless we have lived the gray of winter for some time, we will merely notice the warmth of the sun and its radiant light.  Until we lose our health, or someone, or something, we often don’t appreciate what it is we have.

We take things for granted, including human relationships, and it is this nonchalant way of life that we have built for ourselves which is drawing us away from simple happiness.  Gretchen Rubin, in her Happiness-Project blog, suggests that we are drifting, living our lives without true enjoyment, without awareness.  We need to become more aware of our surroundings for we form an integral part of this fragile balance.  In noticing and embracing this beauty we allow ourselves, and others, to be happy.

Beauty is in all things; music, a warm breeze, a friend, a star lit sky, painting, the shadow from a full moon, the intricacy of life through each branch in a tree, the smell of fresh vegetables and fruits at a farmers market, the rhythm of a river flowing over each rock, photography, the sound of laughter, and so many more.  Perhaps you will notice that through this simple exercise of thinking about something beautiful, will emanate a feeling of peace.  And so, in those dark days, where it seems more difficult to appreciate life, remembering that this beauty exists and that we can tap into it at any time, may bring a bit more happiness to our busy lives.  Find it and embrace these thoughts and feelings.

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