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Who Lives in Your Heart?

My dear friend and sister-in-law, Eileen, said goodbye to her Dad on Saturday.  She is pulling in all the teachings and practices that yoga has to offer so she can be present and experience the depths of this precious moment in her life, her Dad’s life and the lives of all those who were touched by him. His passing took me back to the time right after my mom Dottie died.  I had many friends who tried to console me with “She may be gone but she will always be with you in your heart.” Being the polite person I am and knowing intellectually they were trying to be kind and sympathetic, I would nod my head in agreement but inside I was screaming “BULLS**T!” I know in my heart that we are more than this physical existence and energy cannot be created nor destroyed. Energy merely transforms.  But I was missing Dottie’s physical presence. I didn’t want to only feel her in my heart. I wanted her to be sitting at the kitchen table drinking a cup of coffee with me. I wanted to be able to hug her and see her big smile that always made me feel better about life. I now know our loved ones live in our hearts. I get it. I really get it.  As a matter of fact,…