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Posted May 05 2010 8:49am

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Traditionally, At the beginning of each yoga class, I tell a little story to the students. And each story is based on my personal experiences & possesses a moral .

Well on Tuesday night, as the class poured into James Howell Yoga Studio , I sat in Siddhasana and pondered over
Question: " From my personal experiences, what could I take from them and share with my students? And, how could all of us learn something from / grow from that shared experience?"

And as the students rolled out their yoga mats and patiently awaited the story, tears began to fall from my face. Then, I began a story which was like none other - not the usual "FUNNY" - not the famous "Disney" - but " KALI ."

You see ...

Each Christmas, as part of my community service, I visit San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 5A and deliver gift bags for all the AIDS patients experiencing Xmas in the confinements of the hospital ward. And each year, I come home with a 'GREAT FEELING."

Yet 7 months before Xmas, 6 times (within a 1 week period), I have visited San Francisco General Hosptial's Ward 5A. And with each of those visits, I developed a deeper understanding of not only the meaning of DEATH but also, the meaning of LIFE.

And as I witnessed my friend's physical, mental, and emotional pain, I felt pain.
And as I wondered, "how did he get into this situation?" - I refocused on my intentions of assisting in improving his health.
And as I pondered over , "where's the hell is his family?" - I realized, "that would be ME."

So, I delivered the " raw juice ".
So, I delivered a mission district burrito.
So, I sat with him (in the General Hospital 2nd Floor Park) and watched a Samoan Family's Bingo Tournament.
So, I occasionally rubbed his feet.
And when he was released from the hospital, I was there to bring him home.

With each breath of life, we have the opportunity to become involved in the political process; we have the opportunity to eat, sleep, walk, laugh, bike and run as we please; we have the opportunity to enjoy fine elixirs; we have the opportunity to buy extravagant cars & houses; we have the opportunity to live vicariously through television, magazines & video games; and we also have the opportunity to serve not only our immediate family, but our friends, and our community.

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After wandering around this earth for 48 years, I've realized, although we can choose a path to follow, we may have no idea what lays ahead. One day you can be healthy and the very next moment you can be watching " Miracle on 34th Street " within the confinements of a hospital ward. Nothing is for ever, And eventually all empires will fail (including our individual human existence) .. .. . .

Tibetan Buddism has stated, "if you contemplate "death" daily, then you will live a better life ...."
I say, "when the opportunity arises to serve your family, friends, or community - DON'T WALK AWAY! Do what you can do, cause there may not be a tomorrow ..."

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