This is my healing stone, given to me by friends and Iona, who invited me to a lunch last month. As we parted, Deb invited each person to share healing energy with me by holding the stone in their hands for a brief moment. This past week, I’ve told my students that I’ll be on medical leave for at least four weeks. This is the longest I’ve been away in 7 and 1/2 years. I’ve brought this healing stone with me and have had students share their energy with me after a juicy practice. I will ask Tom to bring it to the hospital room with him when I am in recovery mode so that I can feel the love and light of my friends in the palm of my hand.
This past three weeks, I’ve taught from Yoga Sutra II:16: Prevent the suffering that is yet to come. How? Find equanimity. We can use our bodies to find balance. Working to step on the earth in such a way that there is equal weight in each foot. Shaping the breath in equal inhales and exhales. Using the body and breath to step back from your thoughts and be the witness rather than the participant. From this place of equanimity the present moment holds peace, spaciousness, joy. In the beginning of our practice, the glimpse of this space is so fleeting, but with time it grows big enough to hold our suffering and to know that suffering will end.
This is grace. We’ve got all the we gifts we need to receive it: body, breath, mind, heart and spirit.
Thank you for your healing thoughts and prayers.