"I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen." - Winnie the Pooh
It is hard to put into words what my best friend Laura has meant to me. The moving van has arrived and tomorrow she will set off on a new adventure. I could write a novel describing the impact her presence has had on my life. So to spare you all that diatribe, I have condensed her gifts into a list of the top ten.
Sweet friend, the words "thank you" will never be enough.
As my teacher, she has taught me the peace you can find through yoga, the connection to your body, the calming of your mind and the opening of your heart. She has opened an entire new world to me that begins on my mat.
As my friend, she has introduced me to the community of yoga and the joy to be found living to your fullest among these people. These spirits lift you up, free of judgment. They become your tribe and, for that, you are grateful.
There are periods of my life where this is little photographic evidence that I existed. I avoided pictures at all costs. So for me to be photographed in yoga clothes with no makeup on and sweaty hair AND to see myself as beautiful...well that is no small feat.
If years ago a fortune teller had told me I would travel to the jungles of Mexico for a yoga retreat on the beach with my Venezuelan best friend when I was 42, I would have laughed in her face and demanded to have my money returned. But last year, that very thing happened and it was an adventure that forever changed my life.
6. Culinary Culture
And by culture, I mean Spanish Wine and Tequila!
5. Arts Appreciation
My dear friend Connie and I had the pleasure of taking Laura to her first concert right before she gained her American citizenship. We felt it was a rite of passage. We suffered through the view.
4. Soul Bliss
Without Laura, Soul Bliss would have never been born. Upon returning from our retreat last year, our wheels started turning and Soul Bliss was the result of many brainstorming sessions. We both feel called to teach others the same joy we feel through yoga.
3. Yoga Teacher Training
Laura gave me the strength to become a yoga teacher myself. She has encouraged me to attend workshops with her and expand my knowledge of yoga. This is a picture of us recently attending the Jason Crandell Workshop in Columbus. I know our days of sweating on our mats side by side have only just begun.
A best friend for my son, a Goddaughter, and a Soul Sister. There is really just nothing else to say.
Of all of these gifts and the many others my best friend has given to me, the greatest is an unconditional love that allows me to be myself fully...flaws and all. She is quiet when I need to vent and ready to give advice when I need guidance. She understands my meaning without me uttering a word. She has my trust, she has my back, she has my heart and I love her very, very much.
"Your heart and my heart are very, very old friends." - Hafiz