Felicia Tomasko, Karen Henry, and Skye Kelly at the Awareness Film Festival
’Tis the sentiment of the season, a sense of gratitude that would suit us well to remember at any
time of the year.
When the team was preparing this issue of the
magazine, our intention was to pass along stories
that contained or conveyed this sensibility. It is
easy, sometimes habit, to take the everyday, the
ordinary for granted. But it is often the ordinary
that most deserves our respect and recognition: a
good night’s sleep, a cup of well-steeped tea, some
soothing squash soup, roasted root vegetables, a
balancing workout, a meditation practice that allows us to see something deep within ourselves.
I can add to this list the tremendous team of people that make LAYoga possible, all of the people
who pour their heart, soul, effort, words, time,
sweat, joy, sense of perfection, ability to have fun,
to play, to uncover something new. I can include
in this group all of you who read these pages, all
of us who care about what we can do to inspire
each other, to imagine what we can do to make
a positive difference individually and collectively.
Speaking of making a difference, this is the month
of the culmination of the election season, the moment when we have the opportunity to cast our
ballot, make a choice, and participate in the process of democracy. However flawed we may find
the process, no matter where on the continuum of
our belief system we sit, part of our dharma in this
world is to participate in what can include exercising our hard-fought right to vote for our government. And toward the end of this month, as we sit
and break bread with each other, discuss the state
of national or world affairs, share a bowl of soup,
or a cup of tea – may the ordinary become something sacred and powerful, reminding us every day
of all of the great gifts and choices in our life, of
everything for which we must give thanks.
Felicia M. Tomasko, RN