to renew my vows to the universe, and to begin again anew.
April 3rd was the date that my parents got married. They were married for well over 50 years, and crazy about each other the entire time, even though sometimes they drove each other crazy. My most precious memories of them were when we would take our annual road-trips in our
van. Mom and dad would be singing to each other in the front seat, and making us practice enunciating “how now brown cow” in the back.
April 3rd is also the date that I consciously choose to get baptized in the religion of my birth at the age of 13, and even though I left that religion, I never left my commitment to community service, and spreading the word of the Divine’s love for us, and the help that is always available from the healing energies of heaven and earth. The way I do it now is different now than the way I was taught, but so much more effective and life-changing.
This month I have been thinking about the love in my heart for what I first knew as God ever since I was a child. Long ago I moved away from the religion of my birth and their limited thinking, and even that limited word. Now I look for the Good or Divine in all people, and in all religious and yoga traditions. I focus on letting go of any beliefs that have caused me or others to "suffer" or feel that we are not enough. What I know now is that Love is my Religion and as I felt that deeply today the great Bob Marley's voice led me to get up and dance to his song “Love Is My Religion” all through the day.
This was my yoga today. I have been working on business catch-up and deadlines since 6am, and it is now almost 10pm, but I would keep taking breaks with this song, which you just can’t help dancing to and feeling happy. Soon I will end my work, do a personal practice, and then rest, but all day I have been full of energy, and feel oh so blessed.
My family of choice for almost 20 years has been my yoga friends; fellow students and teachers. My family of birth disowned me long ago, but that is OK. They had their path and I have mine. My parents have both left their physical bodies, and even though they did not believe in life after death or going to heaven, they have clearly communicated with me from above several times, and our relationship is now one of peace and love.
How do I know that the path I am on is the right one for me?
Because of the peace and love I feel when I am with my students and master teachers.
Because of the pain that comes out of my body when I practice and teach.
Because so many students who visit our Center tell me their stories of receiving peace, clarity, and even physical healing at A Gentle Way.
Because I have seen Angels among us as I teach my classes, and are told stories by students of beloved departed ones who visit them during a gentle or restorative class.
Because every time I have cried out to the universe: “How do I keep all this going?” A miracle comes our way. Every time.
What are my new beginnings this spring?
Not being afraid to charge for my years of yoga teaching and therapy experience. Not being afraid of anything anymore.
Not being afraid to get closer to my sweetheart and his family, who is loving, kind, generous, see’s who I really am, and loves me no matter what.
Am I blessed?
Yes I am - and you are too.
You are already DIVINE - there is nothing you need to do but to breathe into your divinity, relax into life, and allow yourself to be guided.
Oh...and a little dancing around the house will do wonders too!
A Gentle Way