For my final Musings post of 2014, I send my heartfelt gratitude to each of you for being with me and for your support this year as I plunged in head first to grow my yoga, meditation and healing business. WHEW, what a ride. There were certainly cuts and bruises along the way, but also ecstasy and joy. A few times when I hit a wall and thought I should stop trying to be a middle-aged grandmother trying to reinvent her life, I would receive something so stunning that it would take my breath away, and then I would be strengthened to take a few more steps.
One of these stunning occurrences was when someone sent me one of those things on Facebook to share (which I normally do not participate in). The participants were asked to post ONE word to describe how you met the sender. People whom I have known and not heard from for decades and from many, many diverse and different periods of my life submitted their posts - along with friends and family. What they said astonished me, and reminded me of the quote by Robert Burns, "O would some power the giftie give us to see ourselves as others see us". Many of the people who posted knew me when I was on a WAY different path (actually several paths to be honest). When each one of those "paths" turned up to be a dead-end, supposed waste of time or a big fat failure, I would beat myself up and tell myself what a loser I was. But as I read the posts, I began to see things very differently. It occurred to me how this journey we call LIFE is so interesting.. how each different thread in the form of people, friends and situations, come along in their glory and diversity to become woven closely into the very fabric of our Being - and how grateful I am for each person and the threads of time, space and energy that they each have woven into my Being, and perhaps mine into theirs. I truly would not be who or where I am today without each one of those people, places and situations in my life - the good, bad and ugly. Most importantly, that we do all belong to one another - and that when I was busy beating myself up, calling myself a failure, etc, it was precisely because I experienced myself as separate - not only from myself, my inner Light, but from everyone else as well!
So, I decided to write about LIGHT and PEACE for my final contribution this year. If you are feeling anything but Light or Peace, please read on. If you are in the midst of a blissful holiday season, please read on as well - because we do truly all belong to one another.