4 weeks ago I had a really close call. I flipped my SUV traveling 50 mph in a full 360 degree circle. It bounced off the right side, shattering all of the right side windows and completely smashing the front and back sides on the final impact. My car was totaled. I opened the door (somehow I landed upright on all fours) and got out without a single scratch. No blood shed. The only injury sustained, albeit painful, was a sore lower back which seems to have mostly healed. I’ve always been aware of the presence of angels and protective spirits/energy in my life, but now I’m more convinced than ever of their existence. It all happened SO fast. In an instant I could’ve lost my life or been involved with the loss of another’s, yet I emerged unscathed and not a single car was hit or affected by my flight across the main highway. Unbelievable.
Life is so short, so very precious. At any moment everything you know could change. This experience has left me reflecting on the impermanence of everything, including life itself. I love this quote (see title) and it rings more true than ever. We have no clue how long or short our time here will be. Let us LIVE life NOW.
Eat well. Take excellent care of yourself. Feel great. Count your blessings. Allow the goodness you cultivate within yourself to overflow into the hearts and lives of others. Tell people you love them. Do things that make you nervous and excited. Break way out of your comfort zone. Stop caring about what others think and do what feels true and right to you. Embrace your individuality. Love yourself. Make healthy choices again and again. Life is a gift. Start living like you appreciate the life you’ve been given. I sure do appreciate mine.
Side note: Yoga and meditation has SAVED me as I’ve navigated the mental trauma that often accompanies experiences like this. For weeks I felt like a dark cloud was hovering over me. Part of me knew the positive way of looking at things ~ that I was blessed, that I “should” be grateful. That it could’ve been much worse. That life goes on. Etc. The rest of me felt heavy, uninspired, incredibly stuck in my mind, incapable of relaxing and breathing deep. I struggled with my practice and my injury. I cried on my yoga mat in the mornings instead of mediating and breathing. But I kept showing up and eventually I returned to my breath. I discovered a healing mantra and replaced the bad thoughts with good ones, even if I didn’t feel or believe them yet. Our minds are so powerful. Finally I was able to calm my mind and feel more at peace. And just recently I’ve been able to return to asana, to moving freely. I’ve begun releasing the negativity I’ve felt stored in my body. I am left profoundly grateful for meditation and yoga.
Mahalo ke akua for the practice!