A Practicing Yogi Travels through Open-Heart Surgery & Beyond
“The heart is the place where we live our passions. It is frail and easily broken, but wonderfully resilient. There is no point in trying to deceive the heart. It depends upon our honesty for its survival.”
– Leo Buscaglia
On August 8, 2019, I became a patient in need of specialized, critical care for my physical heart. But in my yoga practice, we talk about the “heart” all the time; in doing so, we are referencing not just the physical heart, but also the emotional heart and the energetic heart. In this way, I’ve been a “heart patient” all my life, but especially have focused on my heart health since I began practicing yoga in 2006. In this blog, I explore what my lived experience as a cardiology patient offers and reveals about my broader experience of life as a woman, parent, partner, friend, family member, teacher, leader, researcher, activist, world citizen.
“In our deepest moments of struggle, frustration, fear, and confusion, we are being called upon to reach in and touch our hearts. Then, we will know what to do, what to say, how to be. What is right is always in our deepest heart of hearts. It is from the deepest part of our hearts that we are capable of reaching out and touching another human being. It is, after all, one heart touching another heart.”
– Roberta Sage Hamilton