When I gave birth to my children
When I gave birth to my children,
In their first moments outside, we sang a kundalini poem—
May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.
We close every kundalini yoga class with this song.
I often sing it with my eyes closed, imagining someone who needs it.
I send it to the entire world,
And at the 3rd round, I often sing it to myself.
This morning, as I completed my yoga set,
With my eyes closed I travelled from this mountain top in Norway to my home in LA.
I whispered the song into each of my children’s ears.
I whispered it to my husband while stroking his face and kissing him.
Then I travelled to my mama and whispered it to her
While squeezing her ::
I felt my ancestors this morning.
My dear fierce grandmother Beatrice.
I felt my great-grandmother Mabel Aurora.
I felt my great-grandfather with whom I share a birthday.
I remember how special I felt as a young girl to share that day with him.
We are all connected.
All the folks we have loved and who aren’t here with us in the flesh are all around us.
They live in the air.
They live in remembering.
I tend to get nostalgic when I’m away.
I tend to break through.
As it snows outside,
As I look out the window at a beauty so huge,
I say for the one-thousandth time—
I love this place.
I am grateful.
I am grateful.
As the world around us moves, even with all the disfunction,
I still believe
In the heart.
I still believe in love.
One foot in front of the other
Love your people
Tell them you see them
Listen to them
Dance in the kitchen
May the Long Time Sun Shine Upon You was originally written by Mike Heron from the Incredible String Band. We thank him for this most beautiful and simple song that has impacted and lifted so many of us up::
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