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Being held in the arms of Love

A dictated letter from Mary-Jo. Please read.

The tears of overwhelming gratitude and thanks are still flowing tonight, my ninth night. This incredible situation has provided me with a state that I need to express. It is without question the most profound place I have ever been.

I had an image tonight in my dreams. It was an image of all of you, my daughters, my family, my community and those who may only know me by association. From the top of the hill at our sweet mountain, Whitewater, to where I lay now, I have felt held in the arms of your love. In all truth this has been my lifeline.

I have surrendered all capacity to do anything for myself. This is the physical situation at this time. I lay here tonight with my daughters and big sister massaging me, sharing with me, and holding me. I would like to relay an image to you that came to me in my dreams. Without any of my abilities to support me, I have fallen into the arms of your love. This place feels like a halo of golden light. I have been able to trust without question or hesitation. This is my strength, my dignity; it is my source. There will be many times that I acknowledge this back to you, especially my family and two daughters. At this point I cannot help describing the wounded bird that lies here and feels like she can release down into her broken wings, into that lush ocean of love that I feel. That knowingness, that you are all there, is my saving grace. My family is perhaps the extensions of your love. They are also the most powerful support in this situation and have been holding me with the utmost everlasting elegance, grace and compassion. Describing the gratitude I have for them is only expressed in tears of joy. Like nothing else I have ever witnessed; my father and mother, my sisters and daughters, have stepped forward like no other example of human strength, courage and love. Your support, cards, prayers, flowers, visits and expressions of healing contribute like golden jewels to the garden of love upon which I lay. Certainly to name each of you would be more long winded than I already am. I just want you all to know how deeply both my family and myself cherish you. So with the image of the bird with the broken neck, allow yourself to feel your jewel of golden love, holding me up. For indeed that is the truth. My neck is broken but my spirit is not. Love to you all.

Deepest blessings, Mary-Jo

Published by Mary-Jo

I am passionate about diversity, inclusion, sustainability and community. Having raised my children in a small B.C. town as a single parent, I relied on the community, my resourcefulness and the land to sustain us. We developed a market farm,built a cafe and catering business that utilized the produce, local farmers and families to thrive. As a Waldorf school parent I became experienced in biodiversity, edible landscapes and community engagement. I gained substantial skills in leadership, facilitation, project management, communication through teaching yoga and running various business's. My role as a facilitator and trainer to individuals seeking to become a yoga teacher- whom never thought that they could stand in front of a room and speak in public, gave me insight into human nature and coaching. In addition to designing and building businesses - cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, I am a student of Social Development & Social Psychology and understand the complexity and importance of social engagement. I can handle with grace most any situation, having encountered a disability later in life. Consequent to becoming disabled and through advocacy and providing peer support I have trained and acquired extensive exposure and understanding of UN principles on disability, The Human Rights objectives, theories and principles of Universal Design and the various challenges and obstacles for those affected and the relationship to various stakeholders. After 30 years of teaching yoga, my spinal cord injury and subsequent sabbatical has allowed for the integration of my yoga and more in-depth study of the Healing Arts. I have had the fortune of working with some of the best in the field of rehabilitation, Somatic Experiencing and manual therapy including Emilie Conrad, Mark Finch, Judy Russel, Rod Stryker, Carolyn Myss, Ana Forest, & Tim Miller, Susan Harper, Mariah Moser, Herta Buller and Nature.