Affirmation: The love from a mother exists and can be felt beyond the physical realm.
This morning I received a phone call from a very old friend, a woman I grew up with in Birmingham, Alabama. From fifth grade through high school, we were best friends and if she wasn’t at my house for the weekend then I was at hers. Needless to say, I grew very close to her parents, particularly her mother who was a very gentle southern lady. She was a beautiful woman who was the guiding force of her family. Her heart was big, her voice strong and she spoke with light-hearted ease, laughing and smiling easily. A very creative woman, the piano was her calling and she played the organ at church and taught piano lessons from home. She taught me many lessons, including the importance of forgiveness of others and she modeled this freely and easily for me every time I felt I had disappointed her. I moved away from this part of the country many years ago and I whenever I remember my childhood, I think of my best friend’s mom and the endless amount of love she had in her heart for me as I negotiated life’s lessons. She was jokingly referred to as “the other mom” because she took care of me like I was one of her own.
A couple of days ago, I had an intuitive glimpse about the phone call from my old friend. I was out for a walk in the hilly neighborhood with my dog. Any type of exercise allows my mind to quiet and becomes a form of meditation for me. On this particular day, I found myself speaking to her mom in my head. She visited to tell me goodbye and that she would be leaving this world very soon. I had been having thoughts of this woman over the past several months, that her health was waning. And this time I felt that her incarnation was coming to an end. I told her that I loved her and that her family will miss her and will carry on with loving memories of her in their lives. I also told her that it was ok to leave and to forgive herself for any lessons not learned in this lifetime. With the energy of forgiveness and love, she left my thoughts as quickly as the wind wisped through my hair.
As I listened to the voicemail from my dear old friend, telling me that her mother passed last night, I remembered the energy exchange with her mom earlier this week. I felt honored that she came to me to say goodbye and that I had the opportunity to tell her that I love her. She has passed into the Light and is reassuring me that we will meet again, along with my deceased mother. Not surprisingly, when I received the message this morning, I was again taking a walk with Coco, outside, and the weather was cool, windy and heavenly. A wave of sadness moved through me and I allowed myself to cry until all the makeup was washed away from my eyes. And then we just walked, noticing the daisies blooming, the magnificent trees lining the path, the clouds in the sky and the rays of sunlight breaking through them.
“Be aware of the life in you and around you,” I heard. “Feel alive and give thanks for life in all its forms.”
With these loving thoughts in my head, my energy shifted as I felt each cell in my body rejoicing to be alive, at the cusp of creation and in harmony with All. My sadness had been transformed into unconditional love and appreciation for my connection not only to the mother of my old friend, but also with God. My walk ended with very good feelings and during the day I felt more grief, but I also felt inspiration and purpose in my divine life path. My prayers go out to my friend and her family as they move through their grief, too, knowing that their mom is still with them in spirit, loving them unconditionally as she Always has.
Namaste ~ Beth