In mid January 2016, my family found out my Mom had a brain tumour. It was a completely unexpected shock that resulted in one of the most heart-wrenching and stressful 15 months of my life, with so many beautiful and transformational experiences weaved throughout.
I made my family a priority, putting Growing Hearts among other things on slow mo, spending more than 6 cumulative months in the US with my kids and my Mom. I am so fortunate to have had the flexibility and support (thanks especially to my husband) to be able to be there for her in her time of greatest need. I don't regret one minute of it, as my Mom transitioned beyond the human realm on March 4, 2017 and I will never have a chance to spend time with her again.
I spent the rest of March at her house in Las Vegas, going through her belongings as if it were a sacred ritual, and scanning her years of photographs so that my brother could make a video about her life. I spent the first 2 weeks of April in my hometown of Vancouver, where I mourned with family, and my sister and I held a Celebration of Life and Catholic funeral mass. I am now home in Switzerland, ready to figure out how to navigate the overwhelming emotions that have come along with the illness and death of my Mom.
My kids and I have learned so much through this experience and, as I process and recall it all, I will write and share in my blog. I will start focusing again on the Growing Hearts Parenting Support Group and meditation classes (Bhante Sujatha will be visiting and offering classes June 1-6!). I will start teaching yoga again at some point, but first I need some time and space to heal my heart so that I have something left to give in class.
For my students who understood when I cancelled classes, for my friends who kept checking in, and for those who wondered why I suddenly dropped off the radar for a few months, thank you for understanding and accepting me back into your life.
Michelle Borner, a mom on 23 missions, blogs about her Deep Thoughts on a wide range of topics from parenting to conscious living to lessons from brain cancer.
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