As we head into summer, I would like to think of entering this summer season as a beautiful cleanse.In speaking with many students, friends, and lovely encounters with strangers - this winter leading into spring was a very arduous time for all. Whether it be emotional hardships, illness (I swear everyone in PGH got hit with that stomach virus, flu or upper respiratory mess at least twice) there was an element of hardship that struck us all.
In reflecting on these past 5 months, it warms my heart to know that we are all connected and pretty much going through the same thing in some way, shape, or form. Human connection and community is magnificent. In Yoga, we call it Sangha – the fact that you are not alone in what you feel. There are others out there that can relate to what you are going through, and simply knowing that can be such a great comfort.
My family and I recently lost our sweet dog after 11 years. It was heartbreaking. My personal grief was unexpectedly overwhelming. The greatest comfort I received was hearing the stories of those that had experienced the same thing I was going through. That love, that support – was invaluable to my own personal grief. I could hear their comforting voices and support in the lowest of moments. That is Sangha. One of the greatest gifts we can give to each other is compassion, honesty, openness, and understanding.
After moving through layers of guilt with the idea of getting a new puppy (with the help of our Sangha) we are happy to welcome our new fur baby into our family soon. It was so incredibly comforting to know that many friends have gone through the same thing and made the same decision. As we all head into summer, we are all one – moving out of the sickness, hardships, and emotions into a new season. And who knows what it will bring us – but we are all in it together, and the best thing we can do is to continually support each other no matter what the circumstance is.