This week's focus in class has been the Power of Love, stabilizing and opening the heart, in honor of healer and Anusari Scott Marmorstein who nearly died this week from a congenital heart condition. He had a heart attack on Monday at age 31, and was at death's door for a couple of days, on life support, intubated, unable the breathe on his own, his heart repeatedly crashing. The way I hear the story, he didn't slip into a coma but was in and out of consciousness. Meanwhile, someone sat at his bedside and relayed to him the hundreds and hundreds of messages of love and support pouring through the internet, through Facebook, from all of the people who have been touched by him in one way or another. Late Wednesday, Texas-time, after another full-day of last-ditch invasive surgeries, his heart-rate stabilized. And has been stable ever since. The doctors will be using his case as a teaching tool, because a recovery like his just doesn't happen, they say. The doctors are calling it a miracle.
So yeah, this week is all about the Power of Love. And boy, don't we feel it in our community at times like this, when everyone comes together and there is this deluge of love and support. How not to feel buoyed, carried along, uplifted on this big, big wave we all make?
Last night was the 5th in the 7-class Shri Series Laura has been teaching on the universal principles of alignment. Last night was, fittingly, shoulder loop, which is all about creating the stability behind the heart so that it can open, open, open in a safe and supported way. The practice itself was technical, heavy in partner work, lots of hands-on adjustments to the shoulder blades to get the feeling of their tips moving forward, urging the heart open.
I have to admit that this week has been touch-and-go for me emotionally, with what was happening with Scott. I kept remembering that our own crisis, Joe's cancer, was not long behind us, that really, we're not exactly done with that darkness, until we get results from the PET scan that's scheduled for Monday, May 3. I kept remembering how gigantic was the outpouring of love and support we felt going through cancer and chemo, how we were never alone on the journey but carried lovingly by our friends. How much strength and joy that gave us both, to feel so loved, so surrounded. The Power of Love, indeed, is an awesome thing.
I am so grateful for the practice, for the opportunity to have more love than ever in my life, for the particular tools it offers to grow the potential of body, heart and mind. Mostly, this week, I am so grateful for Love, for Scott's recovery, and for Joe's. Long may we remain on this earth together, using our shoulders judiciously, opening our great big hearts to each other and everything life has to offer.
Om Namah Shivaya!