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Embrace This Gift Called Life

Embrace This Gift Called Life

As a child we know that we are naturally connected all that is. We know that we are naturally joyful. We know that we are one with the Universe. But sometimes we are born to families who have become hard and have forgotten that magical piece.

It’s not their fault, it’s an old pattern… one that I am at the forefront, with many others, breaking through. I know different and thank God I know enough in time to share this important knowledge with my kids! That’s what’s most important … our lovely future generation! Still so pristine and awake. What a gift.

But pain is interesting to me. I believe that all physical pain is a manifestation of something deeper. Even accidents, I believe, can be caused by something deeper. Some unknown fear or imbalance in the emotional body. And what we do with that pain is indicative of how we are living our life.

My suggestion? Look at it the pain deeply. What part of the body are you experiencing it in? How did it happen? Remember that you are a dense piece of matter with a soul… look deeper into the pain. Don’t just put a band-aid on it or take some pill to relieve the immediate annoyance. It’s going to come back later and will keep coming back until you dig in and get to the root. The root is where the healing is. It’s not in the surface scrape, it’s deeper.

When I started studying the systems of the body and then the subtle body and then dove into the energy and ethereal, I began to re-member. I remembered who I was beneath the pain: a really bright light. A being connected to God and to everything else that existed.

When you wake up to that, your life expands and it’s amazing! You see everything differently! Life makes sense! You meet people just like you! And you all share and love and rejoice! Everything seems lighter!

However, if there is lingering pain, which there most likely is, you’re still going to have to deal with it. But now you have tools, and new friends, and you can practice looking at everything with compassion and grace. You can see your hurt from a new place that is blessed with forgiveness.

Pain is going to show up in your life over and over again. My invitation to you, and to us all, is to look at and examine it. See it for what it is and heal it, with every tool in your box.

I ask my girls, when I see them in pain, “Where are you feeling this? What does it feel like? Why do you think your feeling it?” When they cry, they cry until they are done. When they are mad they are mad until they are done. They have a safe place to share their feelings … no matter what. We are respectful, no outbursts in public places unless it HAS to happen. Let’s try and wait until we at least get in the car… then we drop everything and listen.

They also know the energy body … the masculine and feminine … the chakras. They know enough to ask questions. It’s the program that runs everything and has been forever. It’s essential in healing the body on the root level.

I’m not sure all of our systems and chakras and life will ever be in perfect balance. However, I strive for learning, for expanding and growing every time something comes up. And I intend to share what I know, all my imperfections and works in progress, with these two little beings that are staring at me and listening to my every word.

I intend to remind them of what perfect beings they are amidst any bit of pain or trauma they may experience. That’s what will expand ALL of our lives… that one bit of knowledge. Remember who you are … light and love.

Previously published on Dana's Blog

By Dana Damara


“My passion on the mat is proper alignment, powerful breath and effortless flow so you feel that off your mat. Your practice becomes sacred space where you arrive to find more meaning, depth, authenticity and integrity in your life."

- Dana Damara: mother, author, yoga instructor, speaker and yogini.

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