Death is intimate, sacred and secretive. Learning how to live and learning how to die are equally important to a yogi. We are here in the physical body to live life fully, embracing all joyful and challenging experiences as a sacred weaving of life. Embracing joy is easy; living life gracefully while facing illness or grieving death are not as readily taught and accepted as an integral part of life.
It's hard to believe that it's been a month since I lost my grandmother. At the same time it's hard to believe it's only been a month. Time seems to stop completely when you are grieving. Life continues forward although your world has come to a crashing halt.
For anyone out there who may be going through grief right now, I am so sorry for your loss. Grief is a process that I'm not sure ever ends, but just constantly transforms. One thing I've learned is to surrender into is the act of s l o w i n g d o w n. Although we've been conditioned to move constantly from one thing to the next, it's okay to pause. It's okay to take a break. It's okay to give yourself some time.
Through all of the sorrow, I've found a way to be thankful. I feel like I appreciate life even more than I did before. I feel like I like value others more, aware of just how precious our lives really are. Whether going through grief or not, I hope you find a way to see the value in the life that you're living.
This is whole. That is whole. When a portion of wholeness is removed, what remains is whole.
1. Yoga for Grief and Loss Karla Helbert
2. The Purnamadah, Invocatory verse of the Ishvara Upanishads
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