I have been singing this song all week. Each time I stop, I catch myself singing it again moments later. It is, to me, about balancing strength and surrender. I have found comfort in the melody, the words, and the meaning I create for myself as I experience the loss of a dear friend, guide, inspiration and mother figure to so many.
When we lose the ability to connect with a loved one on a worldly level, it is easy to feel regret. This week, I have found myself feeling like I wasted the gift of having her presence in my life by not spending more time with her, not soaking up more of her wisdom. I know she would not want me to feel regret, so instead I focus on the gratitude for what she did teach me, and for what she continues to teach me through the lives of others who she touched.
Miki, in your life and in the death of your physical body, here are a few things I’ve learned…
Raise your voice and let it be heard
Live every moment fully and with passion
Surround yourself by friends in good times and bad
Listen to the Universe
Find the sacred everywhere
Know what you want, and be clear about it
Infuse life with humor
Know that all there is, is love
As I have been blessed to spend the last week among so many others who have learned from you Miki, I know that your lessons will continue to unfold as each day passes. I feel your energy around me, in the most miraculous ways.
May we all continue to be lifted and held by each other, and may we recognize the universal thread that binds us all together.
In loving memory and forever in gratitude,