Fall Back, Lean Back, Way Back

These are the words my yoga instructor says as we begin our first back bending routine. We breathe, stretch the spine, and sides, then fall back, lean back, way back.

I woke up this morning with overwhelming gratitude. As my favorite psalm (30) says “Joy Comes in the Morning”. This is usually not true for me as I am NOT a morning person, but sleepiness has nothing to do with it. Joy, gratitude comes in the morning as I am awoken to her my daughter singing joyfully in her room.

I go to get some coffee to the sounds of children playing and my husband snoring and look around at my home, it is a disaster. No joke, there is stuff everywhere, not one room is clean. This makes me smile for some odd reason. We live here, it’s our little disaster.

There are days when I feel like I’ve awoken from a bad dream. Today is one of those days. I could fall back and lean on any number of you ready to catch me, I need my community of misfits. Any of you could fall and I would be there anytime, if there is nothing else said about me let it be this. She was faithful and true, and she always turned mourning into dancing.

My heart is full, my cup overflows. The old life is gone and a new life has begun.


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