I met with photographer Joanne Posse recently to choose the photo portrait for my mother-in-law’s special birthday gift. As we talked, we rambled into conversation about the extraordinary benefits of yoga –pain relief; standing tall; the ease of weight loss; sculpted muscles, etc. I haven’t been able to practice since I had my toe surgery in January. I am anxious to resume. I’d like it to help me cope with the extra stress that I am dealing with in assisting my parents with their life changes.

Joanne then showed me a Fab-u-lous website on her smart phone called The Daily OM – Nurturing Mind, Body & Spirit.

For those of you who practice yoga, you know that “OM” is the traditional chant of meditation. The website is www.dailyom.com

I invite you to click and check it out. OM is great inspiration for either the start or finish of your long, busy day. It offers a soothing respite from our crazed world of social media bombardment.
It has numerous Daily features. A recent favorite for me was the March 25th daily lesson entitled “The Road to New Beginnings – Completion”.

This passage was meaningful to me because it spoke directly to my life experiences, my challenges, and offered some explanation as to how I was able to conquer and champion. I love it!

Liz Barker - Changed by Chance Champion by ChoiceHere’s a snippet of it: “Life is a collage of beginnings and endings that run together like still-wet paint. Yet before we can begin any new phase in life, we must sometimes first achieve closure to the current stage we are in. That’s because many of life’s experiences call for closure. Often, we cannot see the significance of an event or importance of a lesson until we have reached closure. Or, we may have completed a certain phase in life or path of learning and want to honor that ending. It is this sense of completion that frees us to open the door to new beginnings. Closure serves to tie up or sever loose ends, quiets the mind even when questions have been left unanswered, signifies the end of an experience, and acknowledges that a change has taken place.”

“Closure can help you let go of feelings of anger or uncertainty regarding your past even as you honor your experience – whether good or bad – as a necessary step on your life’s path. Closure allows you to emotionally lay to rest issues and feelings that may be weighing down your spirit. When you create closure, you affirm that you have done what was needed, are wiser because of your experience, and are ready for whatever life wants to bring you next.”

I have to admit, I did not have closure or acceptance of my challenges for a long time. I may not ever have full closure, who can say? It was not easy, but I never stalled in my process. I constantly moved forward, despite the anguish. After the Fun(d)raiser benefit in memory of Lauren, I felt a deeper sense of closure though, which moved me to write and share my experiences. I do believe that my book, when published, will offer me that final chapter of closure. I also hope that it will inspire others to seek closure on their life’s journeys as I did.