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To Our Beautiful Mom

not to follow my dreams, but to chase them

To Mary-Jo on Mothers Day:

Every day I watch you persevere, accomplish and overcome. Life for you right now isn’t a walk in the park. It’s a wheel down a road where you can feel every hill push you back and gravity tumble you foreword. You embrace each challenge as an opportunity for greatness. You act towards each and every individual with compassion and generosity. On the mat in physio you push yourself harder then all extremes. You set your sight on a goal physically or mentally and you attain. You have so successfully surrendered, to trust and be humble, about the need in which this physical state has rendered you. And never once have you questioned any of it

These past months have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Caught in the insanity between laughter and tears, I often find myself wondering just how you do it. How do you manage to so peacefully stay in a place of such grace and love where anger and remorse live next door? When I find myself irritated or fearful I look to you for an example of solitude and patience. When Katelynn was recovering from her Tonsillectomy you were by her side. You came to our apartment to see us because we couldn’t make it to see you. In all of the craziness of the accident and the time afterwards, you have never failed to be the most amazing mother. Always present to our needs and always willing to sacrifice and compromise to make sure we were provided for abundantly, happy, and safe. You have raised Katelynn and I with the most wisdom, love, freedom, adventures and strength then we ever could have asked for at the gates of heaven.

In my dreams you walk, effortlessly, as if I could wake up and have my dreams be real. Letting go of you physically, while believing in you, has been the greatest challenge. My mind tells me that the impossible will never be possible. I know the constant banter in my mind is simply a wasteful conversation, a stem of fear and mistrust. As I have come to realize impossibility is an illusion. Letting go is a conscious action, which we must practice. Each moment is another opportunity for acceptance. I believe in you in every moment. In every moment I hold you in the greatest love of all.

You have taught me not to follow my dreams, but to chase them. Thank You Mama.

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.