Sunday, May 10, 2020
Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms around the world! I’m sure you all realize what an important and amazing role you have in the lives of your children and families. You really are a one of a kind hero. Thank you to you all, especially during our current situation. A mother’s job is never done, no matter what the age of your children. Enjoy this special day in your honor! You definitely deserve the praise and recognition.
Let’s begin this special day with a little self-care and love, not only for our moms, but everyone joining us today. We’ll start with aligning and relaxing our mind and body. You can do this from a seated or standing position. If you’re sitting, please ensure your butt and back are flush to the back of the chair. If you’re standing, I want you nice and tall. If you need help, stand with your back against a wall. Your feet are positioned on the ground, hip width distance apart.
Begin with a nice straight flat spine. Imagine you’re pulling a long string straight up your body through the crown of your head (similar to a marionette). Your head is level and your gaze is forward. Now I want you to relax your upper body. Roll your shoulders back and then relax them down your back. Your arms are hanging long and relaxed next to your sides. For those standing, you’re now in Tadasana or Mountain pose. If you’re seated, it’s what I’d call a relaxed Tadasana.
In today’s age, we spend much of our time with our shoulders, head and neck hunched or bent forward. This occurs from a variety daily activities; like driving, seated at a desk, on our cell phone or computer or watching television. These simple movements can assist to straighten our spine, opens our chest and lifts our heads. It brings our upper body back into natural alignment.
Now I want you to close your eyes and relax. Stay in this position for several minutes.
Begin to slowly breath in and out of your nose with your mouth closed. As you inhale, slowly count to four and hold your breath for a second. Now release and exhale very slowly to the count of six. Hold your breath again for a second before beginning your next inhale. Maintain that straight posture, relax and continuing breathing for a couple of minutes. As you continue your count, clear all the thoughts from your mind. Allow your mind and body to relax. My yoga master often told me, “When you find the gap between your thoughts, this is where you will find bliss.” Take the time to pamper yourself as often as you wish. The more you can find bliss, the better your life becomes.
I am sending a very special thank you to my mom today. I wish I could hug you, with you hugging me. Those days are not possible now. She has been confined to an Alzheimer’s care facility for over three years. The disease continues to consume her daily. It always made my heart jump with joy when she’d smile as I walked in the room to visit. Now there is just a blank stare. There are no more conversations, no interaction and no smiles. This disease has robbed her; taking her mind, memory and ability to function or enjoy life. Alzheimer’s and Dementia are horrible and debilitating diseases. It’s a sad existence, to an eventual death.
Even if I wanted to hug my Mom today, I am “not allowed.” The “virus” has closed off any possible contact with my mom. It has eliminated all our contact with those we love; in hospitals, nursing homes or medical institutions. How many mothers (and others) have left our world without having a loved one by their side. This is absolutely crazy, sad and unnecessary. I do not want to be dictated to about what is or is not safe for me or my family. Next Sunday I will share my thoughts and insight into this worldwide situation.
My advice on this Mother’s Day, please take the time to thank your Mom. Let her know how much you love her and how much she means to you. Hug, cherish and never be afraid to tell or show her how you feel. Moms are truly one of kind, incredible and special. Do it now, because you never know when you won’t have that opportunity to do it again. Staying at home or the virus threat shouldn’t be an excuse or stop you. Call her, video chat or go visit…even if you have to be six feet apart. Share you heart, love or maybe even some chocolate, flowers or TP. Let your Mom know how special she is today and every day!
I know these are crazy and sad days, with the loss of moms along the way. There are many others who have lost their mothers, family or friends too soon. It’s always difficult to share your emotions or say I know what you’re feeling. With the loss of my Dad, I know and understand the emotions and feelings you must be experiencing. Cherish and value your memories and love. I firmly believe our loved ones never leave us. Their spirit and energy remain with us. It’s up to you to open you heart and tell them you know they’re by your side. I talk to my Dad every day. Tell your Mom how much you love them and appreciate all they have done for you. They’ll hear you.
So Moms, do your best to enjoy a fabulous day wherever you may be. I am sending you all lots of love from my corner of the world. Cheers! As for you Dads, don’t despair, your day is coming soon.
Please tune in and join me again next Sunday for more! The healthy life puzzle is always in rotation. Let’s be healthy and strong mentally, physically and spiritually!
Thanks for your love and support! Embrace Life! Be sure to get outside and enjoy nature!