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A Woman Alive

December 16th, 2013
by Diane

Leaning Into Love: Lesson Learned

I met Izetta in September, she is one of my fellow yoga teacher trainees.  And then we discovered that we were both part of the Momentum Community and yet another bond of connection was shared.  And then in early November Izetta was notified that her Mother had passed. When she returned to teacher training Izetta shared with me the lesson she had experienced during her time of grief, sorrow and great loss.  I wanted her to share it with you, my readers.  A powerful story from powerful and truly authentic soul.  Thank you Izetta.

IzettaMom “I knew it, I knew, I knew something was wrong,” I wailed as I collapsed into a heap in the changing room of Sacred Brooklyn. I just received the confirming phone call from my sister, “She’s gone Zetta.” My heart imploded and words came out in fits and gasps.  Supported … Women came to my side; a friend, a teacher, a stranger, a fellow trainee, all with faces full of concern, soothing touches, words and questions, “what’s wrong, what happened sis, are you ok?” Lifted, supported, my stuff and I carried and assisted as I shuffled pass the alter honoring the dead and we entered the massage room.  Lifted and supported I somehow came to sit on the table – 3 women, eyes searching, hands rubbing limbs and torso. Three women, just like us … a mother and 2 daughters … Dearly departed … She’s gone.

I didn’t want to believe it, even as my sister came to get me, I fell into her as we made our way to the car. We drove with my brother-in law and nephew in tow. Read more »

November 5th, 2013
by Diane

The Forgiveness Factor

Forgiveness is not an easy thing for me.  In almost every case forgiveness involves letting go, taking responsibility and forgiving yourself – all three areas where I often struggle.  And sometimes in the midst of my anger or frustration I can get so caught up in holding on to the blame and the guilt that I forget what is on the other side – I was reminded this weekend.

DadandGangIt was parent’s weekend at Syracuse University this weekend –my first ever as it is my daughter Jesse’s freshman year.  I know this event certainly held more excitement for me then it did for my daughter and I was so blessed to be accompanied by my 80 year old Father, Jesse’s Grandfather.  We had a beautiful weekend and I loved watching Jesse and my Dad hang out together; my Dad divulging stories of his college years and giving advice, sharing the football game (Go ‘Cuse!) and Jesse proudly introducing her friends to her fabulous grandfather!  I was grateful for every moment.

So what does this have to do with forgiveness?  Read more »