This past week, I attended a Yoga Therapy Training. In essence, I feel that I spent my week in Devotion. Each morning, and each evening, we sat in meditation, chanting to the Divine Feminine. For me, chanting reminds me that I am a part of this magnificent Creation that surrounds us, it connects me to the people that surround me, and fills me with a sense of Profound Oneness.
On Thursday, I was talking to another student, who happened to be from New Jersey, and remarking how many of the people I hold most dear are from New Jersey. I appreciate the authenticity and straight-shooting nature of these friends. I thought of one friend in particular who nurtured and supported me through hard and difficult times in my life. She was Mother when my own was far away. I always knew I could trust her advice, and rely on her guidance.
Later, during a conversation about Mantra, there was some discussion about Catholicism, and again, I was reminded of my friend, her deep and abiding faith and devotion, and her service to her Faith in each community she lived in. She embodied the best of what it meant to have a relationship with God. She never had to tell me about it, I just understood that to be the case through her words and actions.
I knew that my friend has been very ill, and I have thought of her more times than I can count since I found out about her diagnosis.
During our meditation Thursday evening, I felt a sense of her, not in a thinking way, not in words or with my mind. At best, I can say it was the Energy or the Vibration of “Has Linda Passed?” I finished the meditation with her crooked smile in my mind’s eye and carried a sense of her Joyful Heart in my own. I said to myself that I would give her a call in the morning.
Because of a lack of signal, I could not make that call, and I headed onto the road home. As I drew to a stop in traffic, I looked at my phone and had a message that Linda had died peacefully Thursday evening. A gentle flow of the events of the day before unfolded in my mind; all the times I was reminded of her, thought of her, and even felt her Presence.
Somehow, it doesn’t surprise me that I had this experience of my dear, humble, most Faithful friend during an week of Devotion. It could have been no other way. That I wasn’t made aware of her passing until the next afternoon, makes the experience the more profound and deeply held in my Heart.
I will cry many tears for Linda, they are falling right now, yet they are accompanied by a smile. There aren’t many faces I can hold in my mind’s eye with great clarity, and there aren’t many people whose Love and Joy for Life were in such Abundance, and whose Faith was so Great, that I feel those things in every Cell of my Being this very moment.
Thank you for that last Moment together, dear Friend. Enjoy Fluffing and Shelving Books in Heaven. I Love You, and I am so Grateful that the Universe brought us together all those years ago.
Akaal Akaal Akaal
May your Spirit Soar and be Free.