As life has delivered its ups and downs, one of the most pronounced lessons for me has been the letting go of that which no longer serves. That includes the physical, mental, and emotional baggage that keeps one stuck in old patterns and of course, relationships that have become toxic, and the actual physicality of stuff to take care of. You've all heard the phrase, "the more you own, the more owns you", and I know many of us have felt that first hand.
More and more, I crave experiences with people than anything else. The memories created are priceless and timeless and etched in our souls forever. Whether I keep something that was given to me or pass it on to someone who may need or want it more, an experience of love, connection, compassion, and the joy of sharing a meal, being in nature, a kiss, a walk, a cup of tea or a glass of wine near a warm fire, is never forgotten, even if a relationship has run its course. As one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Brian Weiss, has written, "Only Love is Real and love never ends; it just changes form." I truly believe that because even with relationships that have been put on hold, have ended (whether friendly or not), or are continuing, there were always gifts and invaluable lessons for all involved. Each time I sit in my office & yoga room to start a class or give a lecture, I remember all of my students, clients, & friends who have come to Kalyana Centre for services, to visit me, or just to show support of my vision. And for those I may no longer see or hear from, for whatever reasons, I thank them for the gift of their presence at an important time in my life. For that I thank everyone and hope that we'll meet again to create more wonderful memories.
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Doctor of Metaphysics & Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda, Meditation & Yoga Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and animal activist.