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Sad about Best Friend

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My dearest friend has so many wonderful talents, is a terrific teacher and met the love of her life about 8 years ago. Both she and her dearest were older and had been separated for years from their spouses. They found such a spark of love in each other that it was glorious to be around them. After a couple of years when they had divorced their spouses, they made a private life-long commitment to each other. A couple year ago he was diagnosed with cancer, which spread much more rapidly than was expected. As his health declined, he insisted on a marriage ceremony which was performed by a judge in her house with the groom in a hospital bed. He was gone within a few months. The last two years she has seemed strong and shared her sense of his closeness to her with us. Her oldest daughter married a charming and wonderful man who brought the whole family closer together. What none of us realized is that she wasn't grieving and now it has come crashing down on her. She has seen a doctor is is taking meds which haven't kicked in yet. I wish there was something I could do, but I know all I can do is be there for her. It has brought back some painful memories of my early days of depression.

  
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LADYIRISH317 7/16/2010 4:12PM

    Your friend is blessed to have someone as loving and supportive as you. And please don't discount the value of "just being there," because it's the greatest gift there is. I speak from experience -- during times of grief in my life, friends who were there with hugs and an ear to listen were the best support I could have.

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DWDMOTHERHEN 7/16/2010 11:03AM

    Your friend is very fortunate to have someone like you to support her, who understands what it is like to go through such a dark place. It isn't easy to do, but being able to use your experience to comfort her will help bring meaning to your own struggles.
As someone who didin't find love until later in life myself, I can imagine how devestating it could be to have such a short time together. What I try to remember when I start to regret that I didn't meet my DH sooner, is to be grateful that I have had the chance to have love in my life at all, when so many people never do.
I hope that the meds help your friend find some relief from her despair soon.
Jodi

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NEDYFAY 7/16/2010 10:29AM

    All you can do is be there for her. I understand the frustration of not being able to fix it for her, but we have to fight out own battles. My heart went out to your friend when I read this. All my best to the both of you.

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BRANDNEWBUFFY 7/16/2010 10:10AM

    That is really hard when you want to help someone and 'fix' it and you can't. You are so right, all you can do is be there for her. Grieving is hard and to lose someone that means that much to you is devastating. If she hasn't allowed herself to feel any of those feelings until now, she is going to need you. If for nothing more then a shoulder to cry on, she is going to need your support.

Good luck and lots of hugs for you

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IAFARMERWIFE 7/16/2010 9:20AM

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JOYCEMARIE9 7/16/2010 9:15AM

    All you can do is be there for her stand strong she will need you I will keep her in my prayers. It is sad to find something so late there is little time to enjoy it but it is better than never having found it.

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WANAKA 7/16/2010 9:08AM

    Oh my gosh, my heart went out to your friend as I read your blog. I hope and pray that she finds peace and that she does NOT go into a depression. *huggzz*

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LINDABEAR3 7/16/2010 6:47AM

    I'm sorry about your dear friend, I'll pray for the both of you. take care now. linda

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Yin Yoga

Monday, July 12, 2010

After an incredibly active weekend with 10 hours of Anusara yoga (very physical, taxing on body and brain as you work to inward spiral and pull back your thighs while outward spiraling and pulling your shins together while rooting down from your waist, lengthening your side body while putting your shoulder blades on your back to puff up your heart... all this before you even begin a pose), teaching yin yoga this morning was a blessing to me and my back. In yin all the poses are seated or supine and meant to stretch the connective tissue not the muscles. The poses are held for three to five minutes. Even so i did find myself adding some strategies from the weekend to the descriptions of the poses. I love teaching yin because everyone feels challenged and yet completely serene at the end. Try it sometime.

  
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KKLENNERT809 7/12/2010 8:49PM

    I would love to try it, I practice yoga but have not tried that kind.

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MOMOFEZRA 7/12/2010 8:47PM

    I love yin yoga, it's so soothing!

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RISSASPIECES 7/12/2010 8:15PM

    I am so lucky that I started my true yoga adventure at an Anusara studio. Inner and outer spiral are second nature to me. :-) I always pay attention to kidney loop too! LOL

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/12/2010 8:06PM

    I would love to try it, but am not sure of the style of yoga that is taught here in my town. It sounds like just what I need.
Hugs, Leslie

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JEN-TINK1 7/12/2010 7:48PM

    That is cool!

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Yoga Weekend

Sunday, July 11, 2010

When I signed up for the weekend of yoga with Desiree Rimbaugh, I noticed that each of the four sessions were 2. 5 hours long I figured, well, since these are called workshops, there would be a combination of instruction, discussion and practice. I would guess that practice took up 90-95% of the time That means I did close to 9-9.5 hours of yoga between Friday evening and Sunday morning It was work, hard work at times, almost always challenging. I am so glad I did it, but I am still integrating into my mind, body and spirit exactly all that I did and how it affected me and my practice. I am looking forward to teaching my quiet yin class tomorrow.

  
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LESLIEJEAN43 7/11/2010 7:15PM

    Sounds like a busy weekend, filled with yoga! I"m glad you're glad you did it!!
Enjoy your quiet class tomorrow.
Hugs, Leslie

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/11/2010 5:26PM

    Sounds like a yoga-filled weekend to me. Although challenging, it must have been a wonderful learning experience!

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HUGS
Pam

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Fear about something I love.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I love yoga. That's important to know. In fact this weekend I will be doing 10 hours of yoga. A nationally known teacher is coming to town to do 4 workshops 2 1/2 hrs. each- on on Friday evening, two on Saturday and one Sunday morning.
The titles are
Shift Happens: Hip Openers for all levels,
Love is Stronger than Fear: Standing Poses & Backbends, (this is the one I'm fearful about... I haven't figured out how to trust myself enough to let go.)
We are Part of Something Bigger: Forward Bends, Twists, & Pranayama(breath work),
Yoga Therapy: Everyday Miracles for all levels

I will blog about my experience on Sunday.

  
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2BHEALTHY46 7/9/2010 11:39PM

    Work to your edge. You may be surprised with your results!

Fran

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/8/2010 6:45PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend! I'll be looking forward to hearing about it afterwards.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 7/7/2010 6:13PM

    Wow! I could use some of all of those! Have a great weekend. I LOVE yoga too. Thanks for stopping by my Blog. :) Janet

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JEN-TINK1 7/6/2010 11:25PM

    I need some of that!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/6/2010 10:41PM

    Sounds GREAT! Let us know how all of this turns out for you. I would love to be there with you!
HUGS
Pam

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LINDABEAR3 7/6/2010 9:16PM

    I admire you for being able to do all that. whoo Hoo to you.

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Oh, how quickly it disappers

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I haven't been on my bike for two weeks since my DH took a spill and dislocated his ring finger. I had been away from it for a couple weeks before that. Did a little stationary bike last week, but it's not the same as being outside.
I have some usual routes I take and although it was in the 80's, I didn't expect the ride to tire me as much as it did. I am still sitting here in the AC sweating. What surprised was that my arms got sore. I ride a recumbent bike and my hands are slightly below shoulder level with my elbows slightly bent. I assume I will recover quickly and I need to get out more often.

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/4/2010 8:06AM

    Glad to hear that you are 'back on the bike' again. I hope your soreness goes away really soon!

HUGS
Pam

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/3/2010 6:49PM

    I'm surprised too that your arms got so sore, but, I do hope you recover quickly, and 'getting back in the saddle' sounds like what you need!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/3/2010 4:34PM

    I got rid of my bike just last summer. It was an old style 10-speed that I had really never mastered. So you're the second person today that has mentioned biking. Is Someone trying to tell me something. At this point it would be an expensive whim.

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