Surfing through Grief

When pro surfer Andy Irons passed away suddenly, a few years ago,

fellow surfers paddled out in his honor,

in a circle of prayer and blessings in the waters of Hanalei, Kauai.  

They painted surfboards with his initials, A.I., and placed them along the roadsides of Hanalei.

Each board was a stark reminder that life is short 

and for the living.

There's another wave over the horizon.  

Catch it.  

Ride it all the way through to shore.

Hanalei, Kauai, Fall 2010                                                                                       

Hanalei, Kauai, Fall 2010                                                                                       

 

But it's hard to ride when you're grieving.  

It's hard to balance, to focus, to sometimes even just hop on your feet and stand up straight.

Trying to ride through the emotions is a part of the process.

We all have rituals that can help us move forward.

We need to practice them well before these times hit, 

so that, when they do, we're not lost,

searching for a board to ride on.  

Yoga has been my board.

It has helped me surf through some pretty treacherous waters.

What's your board?

What helps you glide through the waves of change?