A Year of Gratitude
This week, BFYH starts its second year in business. What did the first year bring? Not to keep you waiting, I will skip to the thesis statement; Yoga brings out the best in people. Forget the physical aspects. It is the human side of the story. The power we hold to hurt or heal each other. In the studio this past year, it was a story of how we bring Light to each other. A term I call Generosity of Spirit; The idea that every interaction is the opportunity to improve the day of the person you come in contact with. Sometimes as simple as a smile.
There were unexpected twists that were not in the business manual – months of distracting train whistles, interesting neighbors and shady deals going down in the parking lot behind us, and most recently, lots of shoveling, ice and a polar vortex. (Even as a snow lover, the current temperature of -2 makes this a particularly good week to practice cultivating positive thoughts and perception – and I realize I take my chances saying that!)
Difficulty came in losing the clients, friends and family that transitioned this past year. There need not be an agreement where they go to when they leave their bodies, only that we continue to send blessings in our own way.
I cannot express the gratitude in my heart for all you have taught me this past year, but thanks go out to:
- The students who followed me from the Aurora Wellness Center and helped to make BFYH our new home.
- The prayer pot that overflows with selfless thoughts and greets me each day.
- All the intentions set by and for each of you in class. We are energy and awareness and energy follows intention.
- Meeting and making new friends… and meeting your support team: parents who attend with their children, couples, sisters and friends all practicing together. Keep bringing your visitors for free!
- The teachers who are yoga students at BFYH. Thank You for taking care of yourselves because you help our kids.
- Workshops and events with fantastic guest facilitators sharing their knowledge and energy. And for the attendees who open their minds to holistic methods of health and healing.
- The clients who supported me during my Healing Touch certification. Next goal: making the word “chakra” a household term in Burlington!
- Dog lovers who greet and treat Luna and Bodhi. Bodhi is starting his therapy training and appreciates your patience and affection.
- Those who participate in, and Janine for teaching our Friday community class. We raised $1,986 for the Transitional Living Center in 2014!
- Lots of savasana – student or teacher, always my favorite pose 🙂
- Mostly, Thank You for the countless hugs and for sharing your “Selves”.
As a friend wrote recently, “life is just a really big project, isn’t it”?! A project where my hope is more things happen FOR you instead of TO you in next year. Either way, life is a project we can work on together.