I let her talk and talk. She had a lot to say, and I said very little. I simply got on her side, saw and felt things the way she did, allowed her to experience what she was experiencing, and allowed her experience to become mine, intimately so. It was easy, since I have known well that place of total exhaustion, that place where “I’ve been trying so hard to save others and have received nothing back”, that desperation to die (or at least to end the burden of living), and also the sense of guilt and terrible sadness that arises from imagining loved ones trying to go on without me. I stayed close. I did not try to play ‘spiritual teacher’, ‘expert on suicide prevention’ or even ‘therapist’.
The National Institute of Health has released a video on the benefits of yoga. It's rather exciting that this wonderful system of care for the body/mind and spirit all is being considered by the mainstream. This is a somewhat tentative recommendation but it's a start and it's really very good that yoga is being deeply... Continue Reading →