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The light is always there.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, (people) cannot live without a spiritual life.

-Buddha

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ever notice that babies love to stare at lights? From day one of their lives, they are magnetized to the light. It’s as if they remember it—it feels familiar and comfortable. It’s as if they know that that is where they came from and what they are made of.

When our baby Phoenix was born in January 2007, he was shining bright from his first breath, as all babies do. His light emanated so brightly that everyone in the room was grinning ear to ear. There is nothing quite as miraculous as giving birth and there is no high like the moment after giving birth. After giving birth I am so filled with light, love, hope, and joy that the intense and indescribable pain of delivery is a distant memory.

And that’s where it starts, the baby’s connection with light, as he stares at lights with a comfort and all-knowingness. “That’s the light,” I would say to our new baby boy. “That’s where you came from and that’s what you are—you’re the light.”

My two-and-a-half-year-old, Sage, listened intently to my words and was soon repeating them to her new baby brother. “That’s the light,” she’d say in her adorable 2-and-a-half-year-old voice, “that’s where you came from, baby, and that’s what you are—you’re the light.”

Hearing Sagey say this would bring tears to my eyes, thinking about how quickly she understood this concept, enough to repeat it with confidence. “Of course she understood it,” I thought, “deep down she knows this truth, as every child does.”

But with enough time out in the “real world,” children begin to forget. They begin to forget about the light and their heritage. They begin to forget that that is what they are and what their journey on this planet is about.

Just like adults do. And we’ve had even more time “out there,” to forget about what’s “in here.”

The answer? How to keep the light, love, and joy of this journey alive? There are many “answers,” of course, depending on you and your particular history, likes, dislikes, and experiences.

One thing that I’ve found that works for me and my kids is yoga. It sounds so simple but often the most profound things are. My kids and I practice every single day, and it helps us to remember the light. To remember who we are and why we are here.

Yes, there’s dinner to be made and eaten, showers to be taken, homework to be done, danas* to be finished, teeth to be brushed…but my spirit overpowers my rational mind during this busy time of night—the post school/activity/play date and pre-bed time at the pink house. After countless hours of asana practice on my mat over the years, my spirit overrides my mind body and insists that we all get on our mats—even for just a few minutes—to breathe in and breathe out and remember who we are and our connection with the light.

If you forget, as we all do from time to time, get on your mat and breathe. And go visit a newborn and observe her/him for awhile. They find the light in any room they are in and they gaze at it, remembering their home, their makeup, and their purpose on this planet.

*dana means generosity in Sanskrit. We call the things we do around the pink house “danas,” instead of “chores.”

“You are limited only by your fears.”
 

-Fran Watson

“”Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more & all good things are yours.”
 

-Proverb

“Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.”
 

-Unknown

“Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.”
 

-Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

-Yoda

“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
 
- Andre Gide

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Super-mom Kim Cherelli

 

WOW!! Supermom of the month.    I was shocked to say the least when Taylor mentioned she wanted me to be her super mom of the month.  Me?  I never thought there was anything super about me.  I’m as average as average is, nonetheless I was and am honored to be thought of.

 

I met Taylor a year ago during Teacher Training at Prana Power Yoga.  I was instantly drawn to her energy and knew I was in the right place.  I didn’t know why I decided to become a yoga instructor nor did I know what I was getting into.  You see prior to signing up for the 8 week teacher training I think I practiced yoga about a dozen times.  I woke up one day and said “ I think I’d like to be a yoga instructor”  I proceeded to ask my yoga instructor at BSC how one goes about becoming an instructor.  She told me about Prana and here I am a whole year later.  I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for other than the fact I was looking for “something” the something that yoga instructors have.  I’m learning every day and I’m a work in progress but this is a journey and I am excited to see where it takes me.  The teacher training was an emotional and beautiful experience.  As quickly as the thought popped into my head to become a yoga instructor the same happened for my understanding why.  I’m understanding I am where I am suppose to be right now at this moment.  Stress is not as prevalent as before and I’m understanding people a bit better.

 

So, a lil about me.  I’m a single mom of one 18 year old son.  I don’t consider myself any different than the next mother. I never found raising a child difficult because it came naturally to me. .  I raised him simply the way I wanted to be treated.  I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I was 24 when I found out I was pregnant and afraid to tell my mother.  I knew what she would say or better yet the look or her face would tell me how disappointed she was.  Most people know my situation and how my son was the result of an abusive relationship, however I wouldn’t have change a thing.  I had to go through that for my son to be born.  If I didn’t then he wouldn’t have been born and I can’t imagine my life without him.  People congratulate me for being a single mom  my son does too but I don’t think I deserve any special credit.  Putting aside all my heartache and struggles in my life, it’s nothing compared to what some are going through.  I do count my blessings and I feel blessed to have been given this gift of motherhood.  There are those who want children and can’t   I am so very thankful and I can’t say it enough…..It’s truly a blessing.

“where you are at this moment is where you are suppose to be”

Sending love and light to all

Kim Cherelli