Earlier this week I lost an elderly family member. She died peacefully of natural causes with family by her side. She is in a better place now.

I was on a bike ride this morning and memories of her jumped into my head. I thought back to her spicy southwestern cooking that she was known for and the long life she lived. I hoped her life was good to her. Was she happy, fulfilled and smiling back on her past as she slipped past the threshold of mortality to the sublime?

Only she can answer that I suppose…

Decades ago, I was one of the first grand children in the family and for years I was the center of attention. She used to call me “John John” and even continued to do so in my adult life. My thoughts continued to meander and as I was riding my bike and I could not help to notice the pretty white wild flowers that edged the bike trail under the dawn light. The sun was out and their small intricate flower petals were opening after a nights nap. As I continued to ride my thoughts continued to float like clouds across the blue sky of my mind. I wished her well on her new journey and I thanked her for her inspiration and energy.

As I thanked her and said goodbye, I noticed a small patch of pink flowers within the white wild flowers along the bike path. It was interesting because just as I said thank you to her memories these flowers came into view. I had ridden for miles that morning and only white flowers adorned the trail.  There was a synchronicity to the moment that was surreal. The coincidence of the flowers was one thing. It was the energy and connection to the entire moment that told me deep down these flowers were not a mistake.

It was not as if she was trying to communicate to me – that was not it. It was a responsive quality that transcends my words and simply was the quality of the moment; a shift in energy and perspective that resonated with love and connectivity. I knew she was off on her new journey and everything was fine as it stood in life. She was in a better place and I was in a good place too.

I find it is important to find positivity and closure for the ones we lose. I also think it is important to be mindful of this Responsive Universe that surrounds us. We are a part of something grand that includes the Mandala of life, death and rebirth – energy changing form.

Warm thoughts…

Energy and love…

Reverence …

John C. Bader

www.responsiveuniverse.com

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