Lotus Love Blog

A Thread of Hope

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 1 Comment

by Valerie Starr


The reason that I love The Yoga Sutras is because they help us to deal and cope with these unbelievable and unimaginable things that happen in life, as well as address the small, tedious, and mundane details of ourselves in a very practical and practice-able way. So much of yoga has nothing to do with asana, but instead, how we find our seat inside of the very deep core of ourselves. This innerspace of our mind and thoughts is so complex. As humans, we like to make sense of things–spending hours, days, weeks, years and even lifetimes trying to find the answers.

The truth is that some things will never make sense and maybe that is the meaning of life. Sutra 1:15 has been very dear to me over the years, it was my assigned sutra in yoga school and also the sutra I found comfort in while my grandmother was passing away.

drista anushravika vishaya vitrishnasya vashikara sanjna vairagyam

The consciousness of self-mastery in one who is free from craving for objects seen or heard about is non-attachement. I chose this blog topic not realizing how uncomfortable it would make me. I earmarked time for writing on many occasions, but every time I would have an overwhelming urge to go outside, hang out with people and connect with…something. How is it possible to put into words feelings that are so heavy and sad?

The last few weeks have brought many devastating things to people that are dear to my dear ones. Heartbreaking news about someone can hit hard on a human and mortal level no matter how close they are to you.

Imagine that one day you are spending time with family and friends at a swimming pool, take a dive in, and the next moment you are paralyzed from the neck down with spinal cord injuries. I can not imagine what it is like, although for the past month every day, especially when I wake up, I imagine this over and over and over. That is what happend with EB Forst. A physical therapist, reiki practitioner, yogi (who just finished advanced yoga teacher training in South East Asia), and very adventurous spirit who is loved by her family and friends, (you can tell just by reading her Facebook feed – which I read daily)

This news sent me in shakes, to the point where I could barely even stand to practice yoga, feeling paralyzed myself each time I stepped on the mat. Feeling utter sadness and the utmost compassion for what she must be going through. To have life change its cycle from one path with such a sharp turn to the next, is something that I have not experienced myself, on that large a scale.

When situations like these happen suddenly everything gets put into perspective, whether we want it to or not. The meaning of life all of a sudden has a whole new deeper and more rich quality to it. What matters is who we love and who we are surrounded by.

Sri Swami Satchidananda writes:

“it is not only saints but everything in nature – trees, birds, animals – they all live for the sake of others. Why does a candle burn and melt away? To give light. Why does a incense stick burn to ash? To give fragrance. why does a tree grow? To give fruit and flowers. Is there anything sentient or insentient in this world that lives for it’s own sake? No.”

We must live with and for each other. We must have our daily practice for each other. We are in this thing called life together. Let’s support and love each other as much as possible.

http://www.caringbridge.org login Elizabeth Forst

Valerie has an optimistic, genuine compassion for all people and walks of life. Valerie’s dedication to her personal practice shines through in her heartfelt and soulful classes as she is continually educating herself and nurturing awareness of the body-mind-soul connection.

Valerie teaches Lotus Flow 2 on Monday and Friday from 10:15-11:45AM.


One Response

  1. Shaun Gindi says:

    Having left EB’s hospital room this evening, like many/most evenings these past two months, and having spent the last three hours searching the web for whatever is out there and to come across this post… Simply, thanks so much for sharing this. Your thoughts landed so well with me.

    We’re all in this game together. It’s a good thing we have each other… as if there’s anything else that really matters.

    Thanks for the smile and the tears. So well said.

    Shaun 🙂

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