“Be here. Now.” This is a phrase I often repeat to others — and especially to myself lately — as I began months ago to process my life to another area. I knew the wind direction to get me there, and kept my sails adjusted, but only ever so slightly as I drank in all of my last weeks/days on Marco Island. A student and I were talking about how to be fully present — to become one with the awareness of our surroundings, sights and sounds — when we are new to something, and the same holds true when we leave there. The presence of everything is held sacred at these shoulder moments of our lives.
Change is inevitable. We can shy away from the fact and not lift our eyes to the possibilities that await us, or stay present as we experience the transition. We sure can make things more difficult for ourselves and our bodies when we don’t “free up” the tension and open ourselves to more of this life. (Does anyone get a yoga/asana analogy here?) Allowing this to happen is much easier said than done. Moving and changing is not something we humans like to do. Routine is predictable. Routine is comfortable. In fact, it can be socomfortable that we fail to even see a glimpse of newness beyond the routine of daily life. It is necessary to actually make the decision to look for it and to be positive about it.
I want to take this time to thank those friends (SO much!), who stayed positive around me and for me, especially when I was not with the sadness that is also part of letting go. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The people we meet, friends we make and co-workers we share most of our day with are truly the essence of the experience, and we carry in our hearts all of that we have done and seen onto different ground. With much gratitude and love and internet! (Continued wonderful connection….)
I am happy to say that this column will still be here, thanks to Laurie Kasperbauer, who so wonderfully decided to accept the task and spread more of the local love.
Yes, this column and beach yoga will continue OM….
Namaste’ friends….I love you all.
Dianne Saywell works full time as a dental hygienist at a local dental office educating and helping patients maintain their oral health. She also spends her time introducing people to and sharing the healing power of YOGA and the health it brings to the body, mind and spirit. She offers group classes and private sessions at all levels, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org