Sanctuary

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Taken at Vrulja Bay, Croatia (6/22/2005)

Taken at Vrulja Bay, Croatia (6/22/2005)

Over these past couple of weeks, I have been reminded of just how much my regular gentle yoga sustains me. One day it was cancelled for a holiday and a couple of other times I was out of town and unable to make it. I went for 2 weeks without the intentional slowing down, gentle moving, and soul connection with my survivor buddies.

I know I just wrote about my cancer yoga experience in Gentle Yoga Soothes the Soul, and I posted a poem I wrote during the peak of my healing (Breathing In…Breathing Out). I’m inspired to be in appreciation for the gift of this yoga again today. There is a place in my heart that this special group fills and practicing with them is truly like a sanctuary to me. I am blessed to live among this community that offers world class facilities and a tribe of amazing women to support my health. I am so grateful to my ‘BB’s and the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for helping me find wholeness through my cancer.

Sanctuary
By Vicki L. Flaherty

Every week it comes.
Our invitation to practice being alive.

We slow down.
We silently settle into stillness.
We ground our bodies to the earth.

We breathe together.
We find a place of calm.
We look inside.  

We whisper away our worries.
We release our fear.  
We find a softer perspective.

We move like a soothing salve.
We dance together gracefully.
We hold each other softly in our hearts.

We are glimmering light.
We are strength and happiness.
We are peace and compassion.

We create hope in this peaceful place:
Our yoga sanctuary. 

© 2012, Vicki L. Flaherty

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About Vicki Flaherty

I feel most alive when I am creating, whether through my writing and poetry, gardening and photography, or simply living my life each day. Running and yoga enrich my being. Travel opens me to new possibilities and greater awareness. I am happiest when I’m with my husband Jim. I share my gratitude for all the gifts in my life on my This Abundantly Delicious Life blog. I find a special joy in helping people succeed. I’ve done something valuable when I’ve helped a colleague or friend see their brilliance and express their full potential. I have awesome opportunities to do this as an industrial/organizational psychologist through leadership, mentoring, coaching, career and other talent programs. I try to encourage Leading with Intention at my blog of this name. As a breast cancer survivor, I found comfort and hope in writing. Poetry flowed through me like a river of healing during my diagnosis and treatment, which I share on my Mostly My Heart Sings blog, that I might offer encouragement and a place of grace and heart for those seeking comfort and hope along their journey.

7 responses »

  1. Oh Vicki, you say everything so beautifully! As you know I too missed about 5 of my yoga sessions and didn’t fully appreciate how much I had missed it until the end of the Shavasanna when I found tears flowing from my eyes. The emotional release was startling to me. I realized I was in “my sanctuary” as you say and felt so safe and secure with all my bosom buddies surrounding me. The release of all my stress and the support I felt from all my BB’s was overwhelming. Thank you for your amazing ability to express this for us.
    BB Mary S.

  2. I have done yoga for 10 years and am planning on going today. I loved your poem – it’s lovely and resonates so well with how I feel about yoga and how it makes me feel.

  3. Pingback: Creating life with yoga | Mostly My Heart Sings

  4. Pingback: Yoga Poetry by Vicki Flaherty | Holden Cancer Center Gentle Yoga Support Group

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