Sunday, April 03, 2011

Pranayama, Chi, Breath

Pranayama, Chi, breath, all names for the life giving force. I often remind my students that life begins with a breath and ends with a breath. Think about that the next time you effortlessly take a breath. We don't think about the breath because it is so natural for most of us.

Yesterday I observed one of our four legged family members take his last breath and his soul leave his body. I was reminded again that our bodies, while of colossal importance, are only temporary "houses" for our souls. When you witness death, it is sad but also peaceful, especially if someone or something has been suffering. We had a wonderful life with our dog, Dizzy, and I don't regret letting him go even though we are grieving his loss.

I hope that the human race will progress to the point that we can allow each other a dignified death when the time comes, rather than when a hospital or doctor determines we are ready.

2 comments:

Jude said...

Dearest Melody and Joe, My prayers and meditations for Dizzy are with you. May his precious soul know great happiness and peace as he experienced in the wonderful family you made for him in this life.
Blessings to the birdies and all who are still here.
I am now a happy retired person and am looking forward to starting Yoga practice again with you. Love, Jude Roehm

sabina_espinet said...

What a gift it was for you to be by his side during his last breath (both for him and for you and Joe). My thoughts are with you guys. XO!