Last night Danny the Lumberjack as I have named him in my head, did a handstand for the first time. There was nothing in the yoga textbooks, ever, about digging this deep. My heart broke open for Dan, the most unlikely of yogis. He lay on his back, after I helped him lower his legs to the floor and just beamed; like a large lighthouse, a man in touch with his heart center, maybe for the first time, the light shone out of him, shiny, incandescent, full of awe.

I told Wayne, Dan’s next door neighbor in the back row on the mat, tonight. Wayne, slightly more flexible, was incredulous. “I wouldn’t lie to you Wayne. You could do one too.” “Not tonight,” he said. And I realized it was because Dan wasn’t there. Two men, sweating, grunting and swearing their way into expansion, wanting to express  their own vulnerability mutually; supporting , upholding, uplifting together.

My heart breaks open for Wayne as well as I thank him for carrying my big bags to the curb at the end of the class.  “Why don’t you join Dan and I on Wednesday night for the Big 90 class.” He takes a flyer, and waves to me at the door, sweaty, happy, in touch with his heart, like Dan, and me: My Kula, community of the heart.


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 35: HEART GRATITUDE!

  1. Linda R Neff says:

    Thank you for reminding me of the work it takes to let the light shine out. xoxo


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