After A While
"After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul. And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises. And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open, with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child. And you learn to build all your roads on today. Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much. So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers And you learn that you really can endure… that you really are strong. And you really do have worth. And you learn and learn… With every goodbye you learn."
In honor of this month’s focus on Women’s Wellness, I share a favorite poem that embraces our strength as women, living in a time when aging gracefully is a way to honor our body, mind and spirit. In this month’s feature article, author Kathleen Barnes reminds us that “It is never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives.”
Last month, I was blessed to spend time with Mardy Chen, co-owner of the Pure Bikram Yoga, at a Pure Transformation Retreat held in Wimberley. She embodies the grace of aging magnificently… the wise mind of a successful businesswoman engaged in giving back through Pure Action, her nonprofit organization aiming “to heal the world with yoga.”
In the world of mindfulness, there is always more to come. We can look forward to many exciting yoga events during coming months, which you’ll find in our Calendar of Events, including the second annual Austin Yoga Conference, May 11 to 12 and the seventh annual Bikram Yoga Women’s Retreat, August 1 to 4. See you there!