on Strength

on Strength

I got a phone call from Sundari's husband John yesterday. Sundari used to teach the most amazing yoga classes in her home studio in Bend. Classes always started with tea or some other delicious treat at her kitchen table. She and John always generously opened their house to friends and the community. John is such magnificent and fun musician and the house was always filled with instruments and delightful sounds and people and the best energy you can imagine. I count my time at The Luceys' as some of my most healing and most treasured. So, to get a phone call from John was pretty special. He heard the news about Brendan and decided to call. He said how much he loved us and how Brendan is in the best hands - he expressed it in a way that made me feel so honored to have this task of raising B and O. He mentioned how strong I am. 

At this point, I do not feel strong. When I am not right in front of the boys, engaging with them, I often wander around the house feeling lost and unsure what to do or even how to be. I cry a lot, feel emotions strongly, get irritated and overwhelmed. I try to practice. I try to sit. I clean a dish. I vaccuum the floor. I take care of a task. There is nothing dramatic. I'm not planning big fun adventures that we can go on. I'm not living every second like its the most precious (even though I know every second is). I don't feel strong. I feel disoriented and I am trying to find my way. 

How? Living in the space of not knowing. Living in the space of rest and release and letting go. Living in the space of wanting quietude and even solitude with my beautiful little family. Not wanting distractions, not wanting to talk, just wanting the Now. Just wanting to move along in continuous contact with the vastness of Presence, the vastness of This Moment.

"Our" cabin at Knight Lake by Merril, WI.

On Allowing

On Allowing

Yesterday, I cried so much .. I got irritated at Nate for beginning a pickling project as I was finishing an hour's worth of dishes (our new house has a dishwasher) to have enough space on the counter to make the boys' lunch. Why would that irritate me? Because in the moment I felt disregarded and unconsidered. This is a common theme and its talons are set deep in my psyche. It's not the truth, it's a lie that grabs a hold of my thought process and tries to tell me that no one cares about me, that what I do doesn't matter. Later that day, I had hoped to talk with Nate on the phone with my teacher and her partner, but Nate wanted to find another time because he was tired and neither one of us were really in the mood to dive into our relationship. A few minutes after I texted to reschedule and asked for an assignment the phone rang. After a quick conversation - really a quick conversation is all it takes! (I'm not sure why I want to drag things out sometimes - probably because I don't feel "heard" and want to keep going, until some small part of my self that will never be satisfied, is satisfied.) - my assignment: allow and be really awesome about it. Nate has this game on his phone that is his go to, vice?, I'm not sure what to call it. My assignment is to allow it. Because really, what better choice is there? Just allow it, allow him the time and space he needs to process and cope in his own way. I get caught up in my feelings and my feelings are so strong that I think I probably get jealous that he can just get on his phone and play a game then I feel abandoned. Writing this down gives me the proper distance to see it for what it really it. A habit. A habit of a scared, sad, sensitive person who has suffered loss and is hurting, a person that can also feel into the collective (Oh Charlottesville) as well. So, this week, I can allow, I will allow, I must allow and demonstrate that I love him through my actions and words.     

 

We have Brendan's big doctor's appointment Tuesday where he meet his "team" and hopefully we will have the results to his genetic test. Here's to a week of allowing.  

Your children will teach you everything you need to know

Your children will teach you everything you need to know

Watching Speechless has been the most therapeutic thing I've done recently. Lots of people have suggested that I get in touch with a support group, meet other parents, listen to their stories, get support there. I think because they don't know what to do, can't imagine what it's like, feel scared and heart broken themselves, want to fix or do something. Nobody seems to know what to do. I say bring us a meal, send B a check, ask us to hang out, or just come over, but still no one can imagine. Watching Speechless helps because it normalizes disability, it brings awareness in a funny, helpful way. Each time I go online to find support, all I see are these terrible pictures or death notices posted, I guess to bring awareness and funds to the cause to cure Duchenne

I think I'm moving from accepting that B has this thing to the consideration that he will die, and not in his 30s or 40s but sooner, that I could loose him, not just his muscles. They say, that its harder on the mom, the parents, then the patient. That the patient knows in ways the parents can't. I know that he is the ancient one, he is the one with the knowledge and understanding and that he is going to teach me probably far more than I will teach him. 

Your children will teach you everything you need to know.

I wrote this in my journal a while back. Your children will teach you everything you need to know.  So, what do I need to know? That life is precious and terrible and why wait to do anything? That my emotions are here to bring things to the surface, to light, so they can be washed cleaned and released back into the sea of feelings and consciousness. That I can raise my vibration a little and that's enough, I don't need to make quantum leaps and that I will need to relearn again and again and again and again. That yelling in useless and only depletes energy. That i love my children too much to yell at them for any reason. That laughing and singing and dancing are a sure way to release tension. That love making does as well. That my children are angels from heaven and that we are all miracles. That after every night, day will come again until it doesn't. That we can only know so much and we will never stop trying to know more. That things changes. To just keep swimming. The let go, let go, let go and hold on. That its a mess and beautiful, precious mess. To get your head out of your ass and slow down. To turn off the news and Facebook feed, but allow Instagram and Insta story for a little while. That those that inspire you are further along on the path and with awareness people become more humble and more wise as they age. That I know nothing. That I wonder what you are thinking and fear abandonment. And that fear and that feeling are what cause the most pain. That being in Nature helps.

Possibly our last "hike" at Hedrock Nature Preserve in Neenah.

Clearing out the dark corners

Clearing out the dark corners

I watched four episode of Speechless last night. A show is about a family of five, the oldest boy JJ has cerebral palsy (the actual actor has cerebral palsy too) and uses a wheelchair. The writer, Friends writer, Scott Silveri writes from his own life experience of growing up with a brother with cerebral palsy. It's funny, poignant, sensitive and applicable. 

Last post I mentioned Krishna Das saying, if I didn't chant, I would never clear our the dark corners of my life. While, here goes. I recall seeing someone in a wheelchair, wondering as to why they needed one, smiling so as to connect human to human as sensitively and non-awkwardly as possible, smiling at the caregiver, and then thanking my lucky stars that both my boys were healthy and that wasn't me. You never think its going to happen to you. Now, I watch the boys play together, and work with the knowledge that it has happened - it is happening - to us. All I can do is rest in the present, watch and enjoy every beautiful and precious moment, feeling the feelings as they arise and keeping my thoughts at bay and focused on my breathing, the cool breeze, the warm sun, the sweet moments before school is back in session, and their beautiful luminosity. They say, it goes so fast, but for me, I've slowed down so much internally and expanded my awareness so much that the opposite is true. If anything, I think the clock moves quickly, but time does not. Time is infinite. Time is beyond our capacity to understand. So we create clocks and watch the rhythm of the days and seasons pass. Each day, we grow closer to our inevitable physical demise, yet our Soul extends far beyond. Is this true? I don't know. A part deep down knows it is, but another part thinks that's crazy and desperate - that other part is a skeptic. That skeptic takes the joy away, that skeptic needs to shut the fuck up. One thing that I know goes fast are my thoughts, my feelings, like a choppy sea, filled with sharks with wave after wave after wave crashing on me, me wondering how I'm going to find peace in the midst - and even survive. Worrying about my little boy, worrying about myself, worrying about his brother and daddy. I feel so removed from the world, my grief, of course is heavy right now. My grief of course will become easier to manage with time. I will keep doing the things, managing the tasks of day to day existence, playing legos, laughing, but its so god damn painful this life, loving, feeling, moving, watching, trying to Be. So you see, the dark corners, what can you do but go in, shine and light and get to cleaning? But, please, don't expect inspiration here.

My heart wants Joy. I am here to give of myself.

My heart wants Joy. I am here to give of myself.

I'm not sure what to say these days, writing is difficult. I let the difficulty stop me, but I don't want that to continue for much longer. Krishna Das, in this interview with my teacher Elena Brower said,

"If I didn't start chanting (i.e. sharing myself) with people, I would never clear our the dark corners of my life."

And, renowned yoga teacher Desiree Raumbaugh who's 18 year old son was murdered without cause while camping with his girlfriend is know for her openness and vulnerability to the great benefit of her students, said,

"For the first two years, I was in so much emotional pain that I couldn’t help but share it in my workshops. I shared my grief openly with my students and many of them thanked me for being an example of someone not afraid to be real and true to her feelings."

I may not be able to share as openly in my classes at the Y, because well, it's the Y, and because its all so new and I'm just trying to keep my head above water and be present. But, I can try to share openly here. Friends, I have to start somewhere. Though my heart breaks for my boy and the challenges that lie ahead, I know there will be tremendous value if I try .. try to share openly, try to share what I'm learning, and just write until I can give my heart what it wants .. and that's Joy, and I can give of myself, because that is what I am here to do.

Your encouragement, words, feedback, comments will mean so much to me.
I love you,

Kat