You know that expression 'I wish I were as happy as others appear to be'? Well in this case I wish I were as happy as I appear to be in this picture. Life is filled with ups and downs. Joy is not a constant state. When it comes, I have to work to lean back into it and not resist. I'm closing out the year with my wonderful family, and as I look ahead to 2017 I know a few things: I will be building a new chapter in a new home. I will study and teach a lot of yoga. I will watch my children grow. I will hold them close some days, and let them fly on others. I will do it all with this man by my side, who for some reason keeps believing in me and supporting me, even when what I want is impractical or unconventional. And for that, praise the gods and goddesses, I'm so grateful. To be loved by a partner who doesn't hold me back is the greatest gift. So joy, when she comes, I'll try to embrace. And I know that the whole spectrum of emotion and experience swirls and lives in me, as part of the householder life.
My friends, I wish you not quite a happy transition into a new year, but one that holds space for all of it. May the coming year bring you closer to what you want and who you are. May our paths cross in the right time. Blessings in all forms.