Updated: Apr 10
Today is my birthday. January 28. Happy Birthday to me! But truly, instead of celebrating my birth, I prefer the way in which the late Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, described this day:
"The day you call your birthday is really a day to remember your continuation. Every day you transform. Some part of you is being born and some part is dying." - Thich That Hanh
Like so much of his teachings, nothing is ever so black and white. Everything is interconnected. One cannot exist without the other. Suffering and Joy. Mud and Lotus. Death and Birth. So, rather than perceiving this day as merely a date of birth, I'd like to honor this day as my Continuation Day. In this moment, I am so thankful to have the opportunity of continuing to live in the here and now, experiencing all that I am experiencing, with the lives I'm blessed to be crossing paths every moment. The good, the bad, the challenges. I am thankful for the period before my birth, when I was nurtured in my mother's' womb for 9 months. And for the times before that, when my soul was somewhere out there, living another life, in another time, unbeknownst to me.
(me inside my mother's womb! mothers deserve more celebration on our "birth" day.)
In reflecting upon the Continuation week I've already had, I truly have nothing but thankfulness in my heart. From a 3-day nature-filled family retreat to a simple birthday of mindfulness, yoga, delicious meals, friends and family love, I feel FULL from my crown to root chakra, and a lot in my sacral from all the food :) While I had the opportunity to celebrate this year in a big way with some of my best of friends, Omicron reminded my heart to remain still, and that a quiet, simpler, and loved January 28th is the way to go!
(homemade breakfast taco by hubby)
(family hike up gazillion stairs - accomplishment!)
To wrap up this day, I'd like to welcome in my 37th year with more "embodiment." While my mind and soul have been so fully nourished over the past couple of decades, I'd also like to bring in more awareness and love to this beautiful vessel of mine which has sustained me through thick and thin. After having had two babies, two years of COVID-life, two years of hybrid grad school, my fluctuating body has more or less been tested for the past decade. So, the gift I'd like to reinstate back to myself, my body, is a renewed connectedness, a realignment, more ease and lots of care. I'd like to finally truly take care of this body of mine, honor it like how it has taken care of me.