“The soul never takes birth and never dies, nor does it come into being again when the body is created. The soul is birthless, eternal, imperishable, and timeless and is never destroyed when the body is destroyed.”Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 20, Verse 2
Just this week, a fellow yoga teacher trainee of mine died in a tragic plane crash. She was 28 years old, but she might as well have been double that with the amount of experiences she took with her. Whether it was travelling across the globe, investigating the potential of natural healing, or becoming a certified yoga teacher Lauren milked life for all it had. It’s always hard to see someone with such a positive, fearless attitude towards life lose the thing they so well loved and appreciated. And for her closest friends and family, it’s more than hard. However, Lauren’s zeal and confidence is not lost. Her energy lives on. Modern physics tells us this and yoga tells us this. But most palpably, one sees this “conservation of energy” in the reactions of the friends and family who are “left behind.” Once news of Lauren’s fatal crash reached the community, there were floods of stories and reflections on Lauren’s glowing personality and positive influence- People encouraged to live as Lauren lived. Every vibration and particle that had the pleasure of contacting Lauren has bounced back to us in the form of her glowing, radiant smile. Below, and above, are two passages which were shared in response to Lauren’s transition (Thanks to Sarah Rains and Oliva Barry). Lauren, it was a pleasure sharing your fantastic energy. And it still is. Thank you.