Every Breath You Take
“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.”
Pope Paul VI
Life is fascinating. Each moment someone is taking their very first breath, and each moment someone is taking their last. Then there’s the rest of us in between. I have no reality toward my own death. I believe death is a transition into our next life form, yet it’s death that puts this life into perspective for me. It’s death that brings me closer to feeling ALIVE, that brings me closer to those I love, and it ignites something inside of me to not let one moment go to waste. We only get each breath one time, and each breath we take brings us closer to our transition. A transition to be with those we love so dear once again.
I’ve lost two of the most important women in my life within the past 5 years. My Mom passed in 2010 and, recently, my 97-year-old Grandmother. They were two of my best friends who I called the most to lift me up when I was down, but also who would keep me in check when I was losing myself. Without them I have felt lost at times, but have realized that no matter if I’m able to hear their voice over the phone or not, they’re still guiding me on my path.
Although their deaths have been two poignant moments in my life, I’ve had a very meaningful realization: They’re still with me. When I relax and breathe I come to peace and I begin to connect to the sounds around me. My Mom and Grandmother are the energy in the wind that brushes against my skin, they’re the bright colors in the flowers we are so lucky to enjoy, they’re the wings of the butterflies fluttering by. But most important, they are a part of my breath. They are a part of me.
We all have very different beliefs regarding death and what happens to us when we die and I honor each of those beliefs. I’ve personally found that it’s with the breath that I can connect to a deeper place, one that we cannot see with our naked eye. One that is there, waiting for us to feel it, waiting for us to listen. Those we ‘lose’ along our own path are there, holding our hand when we need them. To give us a hug us when we cry. Celebrating with us when we celebrate. All we have to do is breathe…and listen. Someday we’ll be there too especially with those who need us the most…and it will be then that we realize life is one beautiful cycle of transition and love.
Life is precious. Let’s LIVE and CELEBRATE every single day with presence and love, honoring our breath each step of the way.
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your practice this year so far. We are working on several fun things this year, but keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Retreat that will be very special and quite unique. 🙂 Stay tuned!