Yesterday I learned that one of my breast cancer survivor friends was diagnosed with colon cancer. I am so glad she chose to share this news with our yoga group before our practice. Our sanctuary filled with healing light. We offered our hearts to our friend, and she received.
Her diagnosis is fresh, having had her colonoscopy a week ago yesterday. She’ll be having surgery this coming Wednesday. The good news is they found the cancer early enough that they can remove the cancerous section – no colostomy.
We all dedicated our practice to her. This poem is an attempt to capture the beautiful moment that Theresa, our yoga instructor, helped us create with her guided healing imagery.
We Are Light
By Vicki L. Flaherty
We are light
Pure and healing light
Here to hold you
To give you strength
To offer our love for you
We press our palms together
Rest the edges of our bonded thumbs against our hearts
Our fingers spread like rays of golden sunshine
Releasing healing power from deep within, out into the room
Our energy floats gracefully to the center
Each of our spirits moving toward the other
Melding into a single source of powerful light
Encircling you in radiant illuminating light
Take our pure and healing light
Let it hold you
Let it give you strength
Accept our love
I’ve been transported to that place of vulnerability that comes with such a diagnosis, that place where reaching for hope is strength, where the ability to trust is a gift, where the simplest act of love brings incredible contentment. I’m reminded of what’s important in life – my family, my friends, my health, bringing joy into the world, filling space with beauty and gratitude, embracing all the possibilities that open in front of me.