Celebration of Life

shrines_1On Sunday August 16 I had the honor of speaking at a celebration of life for a dear friend, a yogini who  had recently passed from the earth plane to continue her journey after a  2 year long experience with cancer.

The setting couldn’t have been more appropriate.. The Lawaii International Center‘s   88 sacred shrines stood like silent sentinels over the proceedings in which we were given the opportunity to plant orchids near the shrine of our choice in Denise’ memory.shrine_1

Death is one of those questions like;

“Who am I”, “Why am I here?”  “What is this life we are living?” It inspires reams of conjecture, and philosophy. Yogis in India will often meditate at cremation sites to understand this experience.  Yet really, until we go through this ‘experience’ and all the story and guessing are stripped away will we truly ‘know’.

The hatha yoga pose of savasana at the end of practice is one of surrender, about the practice of letting go into the ‘being-ness’.

A phrase I often used at the end of practice as we moved into savasana Denise would often comment was her favorite (especially after a particularly challenging practice) it was “No more need to do…just be”

And so to this dear, strong, sweet warrior, that constantly inspired and up lifted all that she came in contact with —

“No more need to do…just… Be.

Congratulations Denise, the joy and the learning continues.

Thank you for gracing our experience here and the sharing of your magnificent being.  May we all be able to embrace this experience with your joy, courage and loving surrender .


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Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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