moments of grace and gratitude

moments like these happen so often that sometimes i neglect to honor their rightful place in the scope of the experiences of my life.

moments like these:  now that the weather is comfortable, my children run out to greet me when i come home.  maybe they are playing outside or they hear my car pull up….and they run through the yard and rush to the car.  sasha plays air traffic controller and directs me into my parking space.  i smile and then i am inundated with hugs and they  fill me in on what i missed during the three hours that i was away.

moments like these:  amara has deep cavities in 3 of her baby molar teeth.  the remedy to this is tooth extractions.  i sit next to amara during the procedure (i have queasy stomach and unsettled feeling watching her teeth being pulled out).  but, she is very courageous. she hugs her t-rex stuffed animal. our dentist is very conscientious about making sure that amara won’t feel pain. i am grateful that she is so concerned with amara’s comfort and well-being.  the dentist gives her nitrous gas and then novacaine, then more gas and more novacaine.  the dentist rocks and twists her molars back and forth (gag!)….and then, they’re out.  amara is a little bit sore and swollen and dopey, but, she is going to be just fine. i am grateful that i have the resources to be able to get the treatment my daughter needs from a compassionate and thorough dentist.

moments like these: last weekend, i took my 4 daughters to see a play that starred one of their best friends.  i was present at the birth of this child 11 years ago…..now watching her sing and dance and captivate the audience with her obvious enthusiasm – was inspiring and humbling.  tears formed in the corners of my eyes remembering this girl when she was a newborn baby emerging from her mother’s womb and drawing all of us in with her dark eyes – now coming into being and on the cusp of young womanhood,  so full of life – her dark eyes sparkling.

moments like these: i have one of the best jobs in the world. i have learned a lot by the work i do in this world.  when i gaze upon your faces after savasana, i am moved.  i give and receive abundantly through my efforts in yoga instruction and doula support.  recently, i had a new yoga student approach me after class.  she leaned in towards me and quietly said, “can i give you a hug?” we embraced.  then she said, “the song you sang in savasana touched me.  i’ve never had anyone sing to me like that before.”  i didn’t have anything to say to that except, “you’re welcome. it’s my honor.”  i’ve received letters expressing deep gratitude for the yogic teachings i offer.  beloved aspects of my yoga classes have been expressed through a couple of my students’ blog posts.  this is deeply gratifying and humbling…..and when i am having a bad day or doubting my abilities or trajectory – i sit with these letters and blogs and comments, and my heart is full.

acknowledging moments like these is an almost effortless way to find and experience joy within the human experience.  shine the light of your pure awareness on your daily existence and i guarantee that you will notice many many moments of grace and gratitude.  peace be with you. namaste.

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About familyoga

i am a mama, a yoga instructor, a lover, a gardener, and a music maker. i live in a little town 19 miles northwest of downtown indianapolis, indiana. i will blog about familyoga - specifically, myself, my husband/hetero life partner, brett, and our children as we explore familyoga and good livin'. brett will also be blogging. he is a deep soul. he loves music and traveling, gardening and his family.
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2 Responses to moments of grace and gratitude

  1. Kyczy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your moments with us. This is so sweet and tender – the enthusiastic as well as the challenging, the moments that remove doubts and the moments that fill us. Be well

  2. CMS says:

    Your writing touches so many people as you express your emotions and thoughts through your blog. Thank you for sharing. You are a gifted writer. I continue to be proud of you daily.

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