I’ve spent the last few days in Boston for the Yoga Journal Conference. Once again, I moderated the Continuing Education panel entitled, “Handle With Care: Ahimsa in Asana.” The esteemed panel included yogis Ana Forrest, Gary Kraftsow and Aadil Palkhivala. I also had the opportunity to see fashion designer and yogi Donna Karan again for her Urban Zen Initiative. She is taking a personal passion and turning it into a grassroots initiative. I applaud her for her efforts in trying to bring a more integrative approach into our hospitals.
I also celebrated a birthday while I was in Boston. I won’t say how many years! But I will say that I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for at least 15 years. I also really do feel wiser. I wouldn’t trade the experience from the last decade.
As each year goes by, how do you celebrate? Do you just go through the motions with a cake and cards, or do you truly reflect? For me, as I get older, the little things take on even greater meaning. It was so special to hear the birthday wishes from family and friends. My very first boyfriend sent me a text – he never forgets! As always, my mom sang “Happy Birthday” in her beautiful opera-trained voice, with my nephew chiming in. My brother sent his regard and my sister gave me a surprise by getting our mentor, Jesse Hill, Jr., on the phone to sing “Happy Birthday.” And, of course, I thought about my dad. I feel he’s still with us in spirit, so I said a thank you to him.
Think about what has the greatest meaning to you. Think about the people who are special in your life. Do you spend time with them? Do they know how much you care? Are you experiencing at least one instance of pure joy every day? Are you living your most thoughtful, passionate and divine life? As Abraham Lincoln said:
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
With Purpose & Power,