The following is a poignant excerpt from my book, In So Many Words, being released next Friday November 4th on Amazon and Shanti Mom for One.
“One day I arrived at yoga in tears. I hated doing that and almost turned around to go home, but I knew better. No matter what, being in yoga, even if I didn’t move a muscle could only make me feel better. I came straight into the office where Kate was greeting her students and of course, she immediately embraced me and asked what was wrong. Well, there was nothing wrong. Nothing is really wrong when you are depressed, anxious, being pumped with hormones, and trying to get through it all. It just is what it is and you can’t explain it to anyone else. My body was in shock, I’m sure. Kate, who had recently studied Reiki, said, “I’ll do some Reiki on you,” and laid her hands on my shoulders and back. Then Mary arrived, saw me hunched over the office counter, and without a word, laid her hands on me as well. While the tears still flowed and the angst remained, my hopes of victory took over. I got through class with little movement and more tears, but I did get through it. The sacred space and the loving touches enveloped me. These women once again wrapped me in their love and told me it was going to be okay.
Before it was all over, my body had endured a total of 53 hormone shots, over a period of two months, in my abdomen and both hips.”
Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary copy of “Mindful Moments for Kids” in exchange for this review.
Kira Willey was born with a voice for the special work she does. She is happy, inspiring, and compassionate as she leads children through 30 short mindful activities. Some are geared toward calming, some are meant to energize, but all of them play such an important role in a child’s day and life.
“Listen to the Bell” inspires focus and attention while the bell rings and then slowly fades away. The imagery evoked during “Bunny Breath” is adorable. I can just see the quick, short breaths of the bunny and know that children will too. “Do Nothing Moment” is a fabulous way to finish the collection of activities, sending the message that doing nothing is not only OK, but sometimes necessary.
Two bonus tracks, “Dance for the Sun” and “Just Be” conclude the album with sweetness and love. Kira’s CD comes out on Friday January 15th! Enjoy Mindful Moments with your children at home or in school and watch the happiness unfold!
I have recently discovered a moment in my yoga practice that feels really, really good. It occurs during Sun Salutation when my hands meet high over my head before I swan dive into a forward fold. There is a brief pause at my highest point, a breath, and a release. It’s really quite cool. I look forward to that moment and enjoy repeating it.
I like to think of it as a moment to identify with my Crown Chakra. And it is no wonder that it feels so good. Apparently, in that moment, I am closely identifying with empathy, unity, and the deepest part of my being.