My grandfather passed away in the early hours of the morning yesterday. Obviously, I am extremely sad. But at the same time, when sadness arises is when I gravitate toward my yoga practice and my yoga spirituality the most.
Matter is finite; it has a shelf life. But every religion, philosophy, spirituality and even some branches of science claim that energy, or spirit, is infinite. Even the First Law of Thermodynamics states: “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it can only be converted from one form to another.”
I do not feel my grandfather is gone for good. I believe his spirit is still pressing on somewhere in the infinite. Moreover, I believe his memories will live on as long as his family is here to remember him.
What is most important for me to convey is that every day is a gift, not a guarantee. I highly encourage everyone to seize every moment of every day to the best of your ability. We have to enjoy every moment, because we never know when something special is going to end. This applies not only to loved ones, but also to relationships, working environments, and friendships.
Life is precious. Please consider appreciating every moment. When you enjoy the here and the now, and realize that nothing is permanent, it makes the passing of things easier to deal with. You will always have your memories, and you will always have a deep emotional connection to the person, people, or event.
Instead of being sad that something ends, be grateful you were able to experience it at all.
I love you, Gramps, and I will always remember you and appreciate the time we had together!