Today was difficult for me. Not only is it September 11, but today I learned of a colleague’s tragic death. She was just shy of her thirtieth birthday. Earlier this week, I read about a deadly March car accident involving a young woman from my alma mater. I didn’t know either of these women personally, but it made no difference to me. My heart went out to them and their families as if they were my friends. In many ways, I feel as if they were. So, perhaps it’s no coincidence that my Ayurveda lesson this week is to write a love letter. It’s meant to be an exercise in feeling the vulnerability of fully experiencing true love. So I decided to write a love letter to life.
For someone who believes everything happens for a reason, this week tried my faith. Thus, the love letter to life was a cleansing experience. It was a way for me to express gratitude for my life and feel my true worth as a person on this Earth. If, like me, you often take life for granted, this is a great thing to do. While life is a long time, it’s the most precious gift.
Here’s my letter:
Love Letter to Life
I don’t think I’ve ever told you, or if I have it isn’t often enough: I love you. You’re so precious to me and I’m so appreciative of all the experiences you’ve given me and all the lessons you’ve taught me. I’m sorry that it’s taken tragedy for me to say this. I’ve always known how very special you are to me, but today I’ve opened my eyes to the reality that you could be taken away from me at any moment.
This is why I promise to honor and respect you in the best ways I know how. You have my solemn vow that I will nourish my body with wholesome foods, move my body with healthy exercise and restore my body with rest. All of this to maintain vitality.
I will seek to find the good in all situations, including the challenges I encounter. I will be gentle with myself and others, nurture my relationships with loved ones and pause to appreciate the beauty in nature more often. Above all, I will love you to the fullest with no regrets. You have been so good to me and now is my turn to give back to you.
I will constantly strive to act on behalf of the greater good and embark on the journey of work you have blessed me to do.
Love, light and blessings to all. I will post again soon with updates on my Hot Water Challenge.