Tribute To Diana Ross

Memorial Tree

By: Dawn Bradford-Lange, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

After a long six-month battle with lung cancer, Diana Ross passed peacefully in her home with family by her side. Diana was a co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga and well-known, accomplished yoga teacher who taught for more than 20 years. Bringing more than just knowledge, Diana reached an audience that embraced her spirituality. Having been to India, twice, she fully immersed herself in her teachings. In her last months, family and friends surrounded her with a vast amount of love. We will mourn her presence for a long time to come. Soak in the light she brought into our lives, and take with us her knowledge and spirituality.

I’m Still Here
Friend, please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here though you don’t see
I’m right by your side each night and day
And within your heart I long to stay
My body is gone but I’m always near
I’m everything you feel, see or hear
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart
As long as you keep me alive in your heart

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“Boy Do I “Get It.”

Spiritual Healing Process Boy Do I “Get It.” My Update
By: Diana Ross, Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

“Anyone who has witnessed the gradual lessening of someone’s spirit (or enthusiasm) for life, for relationship, or for his or her work knows what it is to see the physical part of that person’s life shrivel into dust. Without participation of the human spirit, nothing can remain in healthy physical form.

This is absolutely real in the world of healing. Those that heal have Spirit. Spirit is essential to the healing process, and when any individual is unable to engage the power of his of her own spirit on the healing journey, that person is preparing to die.”

Intuitive Diagnosis Caroline Myss, Ph.D

It has taken me this long to be able to share with everyone my current journey with lung cancer, my quality of life, and Spirit. I have been humbled by this disease. I have been blessed by this disease. I have been closer to God and felt forsaken by God but I get it that maintaining a healthy “Spirit” is the key; without it quality of life is over.

After having my breast cancer I thought cancer isn’t that hard so when I was diagnosed with lung cancer my attitude was the same. I thought I had the answers. Well I can officially say I don’t have the answers and am humbled by my gross misunderstandings. My heart goes out to everyone who has to walk this walk of cancer and especially to those that don’t have the support, love and hope.

Dawn and I started Breast Cancer Yoga to offer Hope; to Inspire our readers to continue seeing their healing journey. To read about miracles, to make better food choices, to try new healthy alternative sources but it all pales if your Spirit is beat up by the disease. I have been there. Crying in the shower because I had zero energy to wash my hair – so I cut it off and now take baths and ask for help. I cannot do this on my own. Nor can anyone else. Ask for help. Let your friends help. They want too. I never knew I was loved so much until now. Heck I fell in love with my husband all over again. He has been my hope. Maybe instead of the blog reading being INSPIRED it should read being INSPIRIT.

My comments I want to leave you with is forgive everyone, which includes forgiving yourself, release all resentments; they are useless for healing. Don’t regret what you have done just shine a light on it and send it too on its way. Love is the answer so don’t hesitate with the hugs and loving comments. Be sincere. God is watching. I want to live but I do realize that cleaning my spiritual house is important and impermanence is just that – The flow of life.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

An Attitude of Gratitude

Angela Strynkowski, Krishna Das, Diana Ross & Anne Alexander

Angela Strynkowski, Krishna Das, Diana Ross & Anne Alexander

By Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Well here I sit on a Sunday evening in June and I must say I am incredibly grateful that summer has finally come. I am getting excited about the Summer Solstice Retreat coming up at Menla Mountain retreat in the Catskills. I swear the Lady Bugs are three times the size because of all the fresh clean air. This place has black bears that run through the grounds and frogs in their pond. The deer will come up to the yoga room and look in. Now this is something to be grateful for. As you can see Leslie trying to catch a frog.

Frog Pond At Menla Mountin Retreat

Unfortunately we no longer have frogs on Long Island. Too many pesticides being sprayed I am sure. The deer are disappearing too. They are considered a nuisance and then they seem to disappear. Enough of this. Again I will stay with being grateful. This Tuesday is my first CSA pickup and I am so excited. Fresh, locally grown produce. I have also decided to grow veggies and fruits in my garden pots instead of showy flowers. This should be interesting. My beautiful CSA at Fox Hollow Farms.

CSA at Fox Hollow Farms on Long Island

I would also like to share that once again I have met the most amazing women (and men) on my Memorial Day visit to Yogaville in Va. Krishna Das visits each year to Swami Satchinanada’s Ashram to play kirtan. It was shear pleasure to sing and dance with new and old friends. As you will see my old friend Angela on the left and my new friend, Anne on the right. Krishna Das in between all of us. Seven days of being awoken with the sound of a gentle violin being played by Mataji at 5:30a.m., vegan meals and lights out at 10:30. Now all of this is a lot to be grateful for. Yes!

Love and light to all. May your summer be one to be grateful for: no matter what. Diana

 

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross: E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Better Late Then Never

Diana Ross - Diana's Desk March 2014By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga, Diana’s Desk – March 2014.

I know, I know you must have thought I disappeared but I didn’t – I have been suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Snow Disorder). Even now I put my pj’s on early hoping to wake up the next day to spring but I just heard, “more snow.”  Well Breast Cancer Yoga has been busy all winter both here in my winter home and down in Florida at my daughter’s home. The authority blog has been awesome. It has a life of it’s own with tons of great information coming in from wonderful talented expert contributors. I never have to ask; it just flows. Thank God.

Now I am excited that I finally got my sister, Valerie to share her story which is truly inspirational. Hope, and putting a practice in place is key and Valerie shares that. Thanks sis.

Also my famous Master Herbalist teacher is back, Patricia Krysti Howell. She has finally agreed to contribute. I want her to get each and everyone of you excited about plants, one at a time, just the way I did. There is so much powerful healing in plant medicines.  Dr. Ellen Kamhi, our Natural Nurse is also sharing each wednesday about foods, medicines, illnesses, remedies – you name it. Her repertoire is immense. Thrilled to have these two women sharing their knowledge.


Did I mention? Got a new dog, “Ram” BEAU. He is such a delight. Missing my Riley still. He was a true therapy dog, and my students miss him too. Although there is nothing like rescuing and then loving a new dog. Unconditional love. Of course that is if you can get your socks out of Beau’s mouth.

Last but not least I will be giving an amazing retreat this summer with my friend, Lorraine Aguilar, yoga teacher therapist extraordinaire. It is during the summer solstice and we are going to have lots of yoga, chanting, native american ceremonies and even a sweat lodge. Check it out.  http://www.breastcanceryoga.com/InTheSpiritOfFire.html
It is in a magical place – Menla Mountain Retreat http://www.menla.org

Stay well and pray for sun, warm weather and on going light.
Peace. Diana

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Why I Sing Mantra

Why I Sing Mantra Diana's Desk

By: Diana Ross, E-RYT 500 Co-Founder Breast Cancer Yoga

Well, I know it has been forever since I wrote in the “Diana’s Desk” section. Somehow felt no one was listening but then I thought again and said “This is good for me.  It keeps my enthusiasm and connectedness going.”  I do love life, and I do get sad.  I guess just like all of us.

Recently I lost my best friend, Riley and I still am having difficulty coming to terms with it but I know in my heart I must. So what can I do? Well, there is one thing I keep returning to that helps me feel connected and not so alone and that  is music and mantra.  I have been learning how to play harmonium and sing mantra with this wonderful woman, Shyama. One particular mantra seems to really bring peace to my aching heart, and that is the Hanuman Chalisa.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0gRc2FMNsU

For those of you new to mantra – please let me explain. Mantra is like uncovering your inner essence. When repeating a mantra over and over one reveals something deeper within, as to what we show on the surface or superficial layer. Mantra can be one word, a phrase or a combination of both with sound. Together this helps us to connect to this world and the world that transcends our ordinary sensory and intellectual experiences.  The mind holds us in this world when we repeat the mantra and then slowly and surely the mantra is internalized. The mantra is then beyond this world.

Mantras are not puzzling or unexplainable. Instead they simply are to gather up the energies of our inner life, our dreams and desires and then lift us up to them to be realized. Repeating mantra with music for me is the most satisfying form of peace and connectedness. When I sit in front of my harmonium and let myself go while singing mantra I disconnect from the words and feel connected to the infinite.  An inner quiet sweeps over me.  It’s me; not what I feel me should be. I feel connected to what the mantra embodies. I don’t know if I am making sense to you but when I sing or even repeat mantra my mind remains focused and my heart opens. The sounds fill the space in my mind and other silly and useless thoughts leave my awareness, thus stabilizing my attention. I begin to sense that I am more than my mind’s endless chatter. I begin to feel a deeper enduring pressence of happiness, and hopefully purpose. Thanks for listening and please check out Krishna Das’s Hanuman Chalisa. Absolutely one of my favorites.

Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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