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“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it … It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk everything, you risk even more.”    — Erica Jong

A thank you to Olivia Tejeda over at Away With Words.  She posted this quote today as her Monday Motivator, and it became the impetus for today’s post.

Today is my sister’s favorite holiday. She believes that love should be celebrated.  Not just romantic love, but real love ~ love with a capital L, love that has no opposite, love that is big enough to embrace the whole world, the kind of love that she has shared with others her whole life.

Today, my sister and I started a journey across the country, from South Florida to Washington State.  This is not an ordinary journey, and not an easy one by any means.   My sister is ill, and because of this, many lives have changed, many lives are changing.

Love is what it’s all about.  It sucks, frankly, to see someone you love in constant, unrelenting pain.  It sucks even more to be that somebody.  But where there is Love, there is beauty, even in the presence of pain.

Friends, family, strangers all step forward to help, where help is needed. Hands reach out to hold hands, hearts open, arms stretch forward to catch a falling dream, feet walk miles on nothing more than love.

I’ve seen amazing things sharing this journey this my sister, and met amazing people.  We all have our individual journeys, but no journey is ours alone.  We are all so inter-connected that every step we take ripples outward, causing waves in many lives.  What makes a journey bearable, beautiful, and joyful is the ability to allow these connections to deepen, expand, and to be the support we need.

In Love, we are all One.

What does this have to do with yoga?  Everything.

All the things I write about daily, that I work with daily in my yoga practice are simply aspects of Love.  When we are on the mat, we learn how to love ourselves. We discover gentleness, and non-judgement.  We find compassion, and gratitude, courage and strength.  We learn these things on the mat, about ourselves, and then we wake up one day and realize that almost without effort, we are finding these things in our every day life.

Taking yoga off the mat and living what we learn – this is Love.

So on this Valentine’s Day, in honor of my sister, in honor of You, in honor of our shared journeys, I celebrate love.  Thank you for sharing it with me.

~ Namaste ~