Birthdays tend to make it easy for me to reflect on times and events of my life. With each passing year, the memories and experiences grow, hopefully the lessons learned continue to make me a happier, healthy, compassionate person.
This past year one of my high school classmates who was one of the bride’s maids in my first wedding passed away. Naturally, my immediate response was she was too young to die. But I’ve now seen enough people who I consider contemporaries come to the end of their physical lives.
I now realize this is the Universe’s gentle reminder of mortality in this plane of existence. My recent spiritual teachings stress the spirit never dies, we simply enter another plane of existence. And this, I do believe, aligns with the teachings of all the world’s religions.
I have learned to keep going, one must keep moving. Daily exercise is so incredibly integral to our health and well-being.
I know the capacity to learn is never lost. Desire to continue to grow is all that is needed.
I have learned Yoga is much more a lifestyle or life choice than simply performing asanas. It is a choice to live a spiritual life, encompassing every aspect of living.
I have learned the importance of friends. I am very lucky to have several very close friends who have stuck with me along my journey. I realize not everybody is as lucky.
I have learned life is not all perfect but the sun always rises on a new day.
I’ve learned time after time, thoughts become things. It is so very important to keep good thoughts!
And now I begin another chapter in my life’s book. Here are several of the intentions I have set for myself.
- Thoughts of another certification are developing.
- A Yoga Retreat for Choose Happiness Adventures is in the planning stages for this upcoming year.
- During 2018, which will be a milestone year for me, a long-distance walk with my Yoga Mentor will be completed.