remembrance

It seems disrespectful to write about anything else today. We’ll all go about our business, but it will be there. The knowledge. The memory. The grief that marks any big anniversary of loss. And this is a big one. So today, let's remember … The day that changed peoples lives for ever. The day where innocent people lost their lives but also a day where heroes were born. This day will always be a scar to remind us of our suffering but it is also a reminder of the power of the human spirit to overcome it. Of all of the stories told to mark the occasion, I think I’ve been most touched by the “Survivor Tree.” since it is true to my optimistic nature, I embrace this story of strength, hope and renewal. A lone Callery Pear tree became known as the "Survivor Tree" after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible distinction between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands and thrives as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth. So before we begin our fun spirited practice this morning, let the words of fellow yogi, Deepak Chopra remind us to live each moment to it's fullest: “For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent and uncertain. Therefore we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity and laughter.”