As many of you know, my mom passed on to journey into the great beyond. Thank you all for your love and support during this difficult time, I appreciate your kind prayers, thoughts, and condolences. It warms my heart.
I wanted to share an article I wrote for Om Yoga and Lifestyle magazine that was published in June of 2013. While I wrote it over a year ago after a friend of mine died, reading it again, after the passing of my mom, has brought me comfort as I experience the emotional ups and downs of grieving.
Light and Death: Overcoming our fear of death is essential to living in the here and now
The subject of death is a difficult one for many to discuss openly. While most of us look forward to letting go in corpse pose at the end of a blissful yoga session, few are actually comfortable with the real notion of death and dying. Whether it is our own death, or the death of a loved one, the concept is nothing short of confusing, emotionally overwhelming, and sometimes downright terrifying.
The fear of death, known in Sanskrit as Abhinivesha, is one of five major obstacles to experiencing peace. When we deny the fact that some day we will no longer walk this Earth, we forget what a precious miracle and incredible privilege it is to be alive. We must neither take birth nor death for granted if we are to enjoy life to its fullest.
The following meditation will help you release the fear of death by uniting with an ever-present light that exists within you and within all beings, whether living, or physically long gone from this Earth.
Sit in a comfortable position free from distractions. Begin to slow the rate of your breath until your body is completely relaxed and your mind is clear.
Next, bring your awareness to the very core of your being. Imagine your core is overflowing with radiant light and life giving energy.
Visualize powerful rays of bright, white light emerging from your center and traveling to the outer reaches of the universe. See these rays extend beyond your perception of time and space. Feel yourself merging with this light as you journey past limited thinking and the fear of the unknown.
Notice how making the connection with the ever-present source of light within you can elevate your consciousness, make you feel inspired, and give you a joyful attitude. Let your fears disintegrate into the belief that you, and all other beings, belong to an infinite source of light.
When we experience the death of a loved one, or become aware of our own mortality, we must remember that what lies within us is far more powerful than the passing of time bestowed upon us. The great Mahatma Gandhi once said, “In the midst of darkness, light persists, and in the midst of death, life persists.” If we believe this to be true, we can shed our fear of the inevitable and return to living joyfully while we still have the privilege to do so.
A neighbor of mine read me this quote:
“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of yoga.” ~Kripalvanandji
Tears can sing, and joy, shed tears.
In loving memory of my dear mother, Suzanne.