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We have arrived in the most breathtaking month of the year.  Thank you for the most magnificent summer. As we move slowly into the next season, let us be grateful for this moment. For those who have lost your loved ones, please know all year long our thoughts are with you. Grieve for as long as you need. You will know when to let go and move forward slowly. We may not know your pain, but we have empathy for you and your loved ones.

As I write this column, I am reminded that 9/11 is this Sunday. It will be a weekend of remembering and honoring all those who have passed away on this terrible day. We will never forget and always pay our respects for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The Richie Allen Surf Tournament will be on 9/18 and Richie’s family and friends will show up to remember and keep Richie’s memory alive. Thank you to Gail Allen and her family for turning a terrible tragedy into a family day of surf competition for children. We are all grateful for your strength and will power to create such a wonderful fundraiser in honor of Richie.

Each year, time goes by too fast. I am in awe of where we live and how our small community is so unique and charming. I am not born and raised in Rockaway, but I have been here for over 40 years, so I feel like a local. We live for the summer but then we appreciate when the visitors leave the beaches and once again, we have our quiet piece of paradise to ourselves.  The big surf will come in September and the locals will embrace the challenge of riding the waves. This is what the surfers have waited for all summer long.

Present moment is alive and well in my world. As you wake up to this day perhaps you could welcome the changes and acknowledge the bounty of blessings arriving at your door. Transitions are tough and yet necessary in the flow of life. The obstacles are often the path itself. We view changes in life as difficult however it is resisting the changes that causes our pain and suffering. With time we learn not to be afraid of choosing a different path.

At our studio, Ocean Bliss Yoga, we chose the theme of non-attachment (Aparigraha) and the pose of the month as child’s pose. I have found both to be extremely powerful when wanting to let go of emotions, physical pains, and attachments.  It is a lesson on taking only what we need, keeping only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right.

“Let your concern be with the action alone, and never with the fruits of action. Do not let the results of your action be your motive, and do not be attached to inaction.” – Bhagavad Gita.

It is truly not the destination but rather the journey itself. We should never concern ourselves with the outcome of a situation but rather concern ourselves with what we are actually doing right now. Present moment is a blissful place to be, you leave the past behind and the future is not here. May you know your worth. You are enough. You have all that you need right here, right now. Be well. Be happy.

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