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So today, Joan showed up. “I thought you were dead,” I said, hugging her hard. To the credit of the 9 other people in the room, much laughter ensued. I am after all in the Chapel of a residential care facility. About once a month our regular yoga class is moved to the Fitness Room for a funeral. No one flinches, except me, to myself. I haven’t lost a single student to the inevitable, yet. Secretly I believe that the practice will keep everyone alive longer. We will all be together forever laughing about our life force, applauding Carol for finally, (6 months), being able to lift her right arm up over her head,  extolling the virtues of Dave, our lone male participant.

All week I have taught about the revelation of my own essential nature (divine life force) being limitless, joyful, peaceful and free. And within all the swirling, crazy, whirling dervishness of my dating life and my over-scheduled work life and my sometimes tender home life, I have this perfect encounter, twice a week, that fully expresses exactly who I am. To be in love so unexpectedly, completely and tenderly is so, so sweet. My heart has broken open as a result of my connection to this lovely, gregarious sometimes grumpy group, and I never want it to end.

But it will. So I hug Joan hard and laugh at her excuse for wanting to sleep late. And we sit down in our chairs together, align, and begin to breathe.

About livebig365

Join me as I dive in to the deep end of the pool and challenge myself to live big and love big. What does that mean? In 2012 , I accepted the invitation to push myself beyond my comfort zone, at least once a day, and engaged and responded to my life, or a given situation in my life, in a way that would normally scare the hell out of me. Why did I do it it? Because it was time time to begin, and I was ready! Each day brought a new revelation, lesson, challenge, encounter, a teaching moment, that revealed to me that living big and loving big are uniquely interconnected. Welcome 2013, the year of lovebig 365. Each post was an expression of love experienced, witnessed, inspired, manifested. It didn't always make sense in the moment, and yet its sheer mystery hopefully evoked a beautiful affirmation of life and all of its shimmery brightness; broken up, lovely to behold, tender and full of purpose. 2014, jagged, bumpy, disjointed posts. 2015, silence, and plenty of growth within that silence. Manifesting 2016: The creation of a gathering place for gratitude. Join in the wavering, audacious, unequivocal fun. 2017: Reflection 2018: POWER, MAGIC, TRANSFORMATION
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2 Responses to DAY 22: TENDER GRATITUDE…

  1. Linda R Neff says:

    Sweet you. Sweet Joan. Sweet breath. xoxo


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