Mary-Jo’s enlightened dictation for the day.

It’s ironic that my January newsletter talks about change and how we need to surrender to that. As I wake up more and more each day from my surgeries I am poignantly aware of the words that I spoke. On a level deeper then perhaps I ever conceived. The only way to be here is to be in total acceptance, peace and love. Any alteration of that on the minutest scale is instantly experienced in its depletion. The amazing journey before me is the culmination of all that I teach, all that I understand to be the truth. This is the true yoga.

In my process to re-awaken my body, that lies limp, is to visualize. I began visualizing the moment I became conscious. I would see my breath filling my entire lungs. And very soon my lungs were breathing. The next thing I began doing while I lay there was to imagine I was walking and swinging my arms. I visualize squeezing my legs together in as if in mula bhanda. I see others making contact and movement with my limbs, an obstacle I have yet to accomplish. As I see this it would become very easy for me to become discouraged. But in the incredibly humbling place of this position I am continually allowing possibility. Many of the health care workers, blessed in their grace and compassion, maintain a very neutral position in cases such as mine. At first perhaps I was in denial that this would not be me. Yet this is what is right now. My process is living in that paradox that I often speak to you off, where one is constantly present with what is. At the same time in the potentiality of what can be. That very delicate and mystical place is the place of ultimate surrender. This place is not an easy place for any of us, be it surrendering to our egos, to our minds, our judgments, our projections, or even our personalities. Surrendering to this is a place in which we become fully exposed. It may not be that you feel the need for any of this surrender, because the opposite is often more encouraged. My suggestion to you all is to at least for a moment of your day allow yourself to lay in peace and completely surrender.

Imagine life holding you up. Imagine the breath infusing you with its force, and prana. Rather then taking a breath, imagine for a few moments that there is absolutely nothing that you have to do. Let everything just be. As you come back cherish each precious movement of your gifted body. Cherish yourself, just as you are in this moment. For I cherish you, and so does the divine. This I know.

With Love, 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.