Be Well Be Happy

My prayers are full of hope for ease of suffering and healthy mind and body. I hope you are safe and protected so you can find calm and peace in the eye of the storm. As I write, the weather outside is rather dreary, with high winds, rain and a gray sky. But I am fortunate to be in a cozy home with my family, some who are sleeping from working the night shift, taking care of COVID-19 patients. So, I can never complain about my situation when so many out there are working hard to care for those who need their services. They are hopeful that they can help cure the world.

There are no rainbows without the rain. I see beautiful rainbows colored by the children in our community taped to the windows for us all to see. The children give us hope and we thank their parents for taking such good care of their babies. You are first responders in many ways. Take pauses for yourself and know that nothing is perfect. The experience of this time in history is the lesson. Your children will learn more in this time than inside a classroom. Be patient and have hope.

My community arrives in the Zoom room every day at 9:30 a.m. with great big smiles and they greet one another with good mornings. Some days, we feel hopeless and yet, when we roll our mats out, we begin to feel hopeful.

Our teachers have been donating their time to offer service from the heart. We are grateful to have these teachers who give us hope, security, safety and emotional support from their living rooms. Our community is the heartbeat of our studio and we are forever appreciative of their presence. There is no question, these meetings are helping us all get through the day. We talk, breathe, move and rest. It is familiar and comfortable for us to be together.

On this particular day, with the dreadful weather, we are happy to stay home in the Zoom room. Breathing in, we are calm, breathing out, we are hope.

Hope makes us strong and secure. We radiate this from our core center. “One day at time, sweet Jesus. That’s all I am asking of you.” Lyrics from my mom’s favorite song.

So, I ask you, what helps you to connect to your radiant self? Is it prayer, hope, trust, breathwork, movement or stillness?  “When you really look for me, you will see me instantly…” Kabir says.  “Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.” My hope for each and every one of you is to feel this breath, be still, be safe and know we will come out of this together with hopeful and grateful hearts.  Stay on the path and know there is HOPE.

Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson.

“Hope is the thing with feathers. That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all,

And the sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land, And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me. “

By Helen Kilgallen 

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