I tell myself that I am a brave person. I take deep breaths, confront my fears, and try to do "the right thing".
But this post is dedicated to an incredible woman, and one of my best friends, who has done the bravest thing I can think of:
She has written a book about losing her child.
You may not think of writing a book as an act of courage. But as someone who is no stranger to grief, I cannot even find words for how brave I think my friend is for opening up her heart and baring it to the world, for publicly standing up and talking of her loss, her trauma and her journey. And as with all true acts of courage, her motivation was not selfish, but to help others. If that's not yoga, I don't know what is.
The book is a beautiful achievement of courage. It provides practical advice for grief-stricken parents and for anyone supporting someone who has lost a child.
You can read an interview with the authors here, and, although I hope you never need it, you can find it on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble. You can also visit my friend's website here.
Here's to my friend, a truly brave woman, a true inspiration, a beautiful soul. I love you.