In February, meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg sponsors a 28-Day Meditation Challenge. Everybody is invited to commit to meditating every day for the month and join the mindfulness community. As part of the challenge, I’ll be blogging throughout the month (along with other meditator/bloggers) about the experience. You can find the posts on Sharon’s site and I’ll share mine on Focus Pocus.
28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day 18
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
“Mommy, I think the secret to life is family, with a little bit of magic mixed in. Because without magic, we wouldn’t even exist.” ~ Chloe Rose Leong (2008-2014)
Today would have been Chloe Rose Leong’s 7th birthday.
Chloe’s mother, Mary Linn, has been mourning her death since the car accident on December 22.
On Chloe’s last day, on a whim and in spite of a long Christmas To Do list, Mary Linn made her brownies for breakfast ~ a special treat to start the holiday vacation. It’s one of the things Mary Linn says she is gladdest about: that she made the choice to slow down and appreciate the day they were having together.
A couple weeks ago, as Chloe’s birthday approached, instead of making decorations and planning a party, Mary Linn set up an event to celebrate her daughter. She called it Brownies for Breakfast and she invited friends and family to join her in celebrating Chloe and marking the day by having brownies for breakfast. She invited us to “find your own ways to slow down, spend time with, and truly be in gratitude for your family, friends, and especially any children in your life. See what happens if you drop your lists and expectations, just for one day, and live like these 24 hours were all you had.”
Say what you will about social media, but one thing it can do is spread a good idea in a hurry.
Today, more than 28,000 people from around the world celebrated Chloe by taking time to really be with the ones they love and to acknowledge how precious our time together is.
I taught a class this morning using some of Chloe’s favorite music, songs about friendship and helping each other, and about how the only thing that will really save us is love. The room was buzzing with the feeling of people really being together ~ celebrating and grieving at the same time.
Afterwards, someone said, “All the magic is in the present moment. I never understood that as much as I did this morning.”
That’s what we do when we sit: acknowledge the power and magic in being right here, right now.