Be One…

“The great lesson…is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, and family…in one’s back yard.” ~Abraham Maslow

These two women are so dear to me, and are teaching me about the true meaning of friendship. Amy has cancer, Shelley is her BFF. Their story reveals that if you have even one close friend in life, you are blessed. And the best way to have a friend…is to Be One.

Follow their stories of softness and strength on Instagram @sthirasukhasisters

It’s hard to explain what it really means to have a friend. To me, it’s someone who knows me. Someone who cares, who listens, who reaches out a hand, and someone who is there in the trenches, helping me rally. It’s someone who is glad I stopped by, and someone who will stand by me. It’s a smiles, hugs, stories, laughter, tears, hopes, dreams, shared life, and shared loss. My world feels safer and smaller and brighter with my close friends in it.

Harder however, is to describe how to really BE a friend. When someone close to me is struggling, hurting, doubting, in the dark, how can I best show up?  Shelly and Amy have shared some great tips…pick up the phone, or knock on the door. Even if your friend doesn’t answer, keep knocking. Look in their eyes…tell them you love them. Stop by with tea or coffee or wine or popsicles or whatever, but take them something you can share. Set up a walk, a workout, a piñata party, or ice blocking (yes, she did!) Sit in the sun, feed the birds, laugh, cry, hug, BE together.

I’m so grateful for these two women, whom I consider to be close friends, and who also happen to be Master Trainers for Yoga Assets. Let’s all take their lead today, and go out and Be One

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    1. Hi Denise,
      I watched your video about recombinant bikes and I have a few questions. I hope you can answer for me. I am a 66 year old widowed male who has had very serious back problems for about fifteen years I had major spine surgery 14 years ago, and recently was consulting a top neurosurgeon about more surgery but he, an incredibly smart and compassionate guy, said “no more surgery. Your spine is seriously deteriorated from arthritis and the previous surgery. You require at least six hours under anesthesia and that would clearly result in death or damage to your heart. Recommends the following: Inversion table, gentle, at ten degrees, recombinant bike, cannabis prep for pain control only, lose weight. I am prepared to do all. I just received the inversion table, and I am trying to decide on the recombinant bike. What you spoke about sounds fine, I just wonder if there is a recombinant bike that can exercise my arms as well. I can’t seem to find one. Any advice? Thanks. Jeff Schaler, Ph.D., Med, LLC, psychologist and former professor.

      • Denise Druce says:

        Hello Jeffrey,
        Wow, you have a good doctor and it sounds like you are committed to doing what you can to be well. I honestly don’t know of any recumbent bikes that have the upper body feature. I have seen a separate piece of equipment called an upper body ergometer, but I don’t know if you want two pieces in your home. I would say go with the bike and start with just the leg exercise. Those leg muscles are big and can get the work done! Best of luck to you, Denise

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