Have you shared a laugh today?

Do you remember these days? If you were lucky, maybe it was yesterday, or this morning — when you could just get together with a dear one and laugh and laugh, sometimes about nothing at all.  There are times when I’ve been teaching yoga when it’s happened to 2 people on adjacent yoga mats.  One of them starts giggling, and it’s just like second grade again.  I attempt to play the part of the “stern” teacher, just to keep the whole thing going — that kind of laughter needs the counter part of the teacher — but I actually delight in it, because, when the laughter is genuinely from the heart,  that’s the whole body joy that yoga is all about.  And sharing it is the stuff for which we are made! I love a yoga class that has some laughter in it.  Somehow, it rounds out the beauty of it for me.

My friend Michael, who is by day a husband, dad, teacher, and a bunch of other things, but also a philosophizer and (I would say) yogi, recently wrote:  “When you make someone laugh, it’s a double gift . . . One for me, one for you.”  Share the joy!

I’m just saying . . .

It’s been that kind of a week.  I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some of you a little bit better, you know me a bit more.  Some of you have had some pretty intense journeys this week involving illness, injury, death, loss, and change.  Others are anticipating partners coming to visit, taking a much needed break, finding some ease, coming back to yourself. Together, we create a kula, a community ready to help one another and celebrate, as the moment invites us.  There are some weeks when I’m very much in touch with what an honor it is to teach, to get to know you, to have our lives intertwine . . . this is one of them.  Namaste!