Sunday, April 12, 2015

Countdown to Boston: Finding Comfort - Being Boston Strong

What a blessing to gather together at JP Centre Yoga today with fellow survivors to practice yoga, share food, love and laughter and comfort as we head into the week that marks the anniversary of 4/15/13.

Daniel Max who is also the studio owner created a gentle flow that would help us to find our breath, quiet our minds and open our bodies. One of his cues was to find the discomfort in the pose and send your breath to where you feel the discomfort ... then find comfort in the discomfort.

Daniel shared with us that he was not at the Marathon on 4/15/13 but the following day he opened the studio to anyone who needed a place to come and breathe. He said how honored he was to host this community gathered together.

Before class, there were comfort dogs that brought joy, comfort and love to all gathered.

It had been awhile since I was on my mat and I must say it felt good to practice asana, the physical practice of yoga again. I explored where I was holding tension and stress and let my breath bring comfort. I took exquisite care of myself on my mat modifying poses and taking child's pose when I needed it.

There was something sacred about practicing yoga in that beautiful space with the community that is Boston Strong.

After class we munched on fresh fruit, veggies and finger sandwiches donated by Wegman's. We shared stories and held space for each other to share the experiences of 4/15/13. We laughed together

and we loved together. There is unconditional love and acceptance in this community where everyone understands each other and you can just be yourself with no apologies.

I feel recharged and ready to begin this week. I shall remember to go back to my breath and to use my life force to calm and comfort me as we move through the anniversary, into Boston Marathon weekend and the running of the 119th Boston Marathon. We breathe as One. We run as One. We are Boston Strong.

It's ONE WEEK 0 DAYS and 17 HOURS and counting until the running of the 119th Boston Marathon.

Journey well!

My latest book, "Journey Well" is now available on Amazon along with all of my inspirational books. 50% of book proceeds are donated to the Massachusetts Resiliency Center, a safe, welcoming space for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing to heal and stay in touch with one another; a virtual hub for a widely dispersed community whose lives have been impacted by the tragic events of April 15th and the events that followed.

When terror struck the world's oldest and most beloved marathon on April 15, 2013, it was a defining moment in Mary McManus’ life and the lives of all those in Boston and around the world. It was her wake up call to return to the sport and community that have been medicine and a lifeline for her throughout her marathon of healing the late effects of paralytic polio and experiencing 9 years of domestic violence as a child and adolescent. Mary captures the essence of Boston Strong through her experience of the 2014 Boston Marathon and as she profiles the people who are Boston Stronger. Through her blog posts, poems and journal entries woven together with excerpts from her memoir, “Coming Home: A Memoir of Healing, Hope and Possibility,” you will experience, through one woman’s journey of transformation and healing, that no matter what happens to us, we can all learn to journey well.

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