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My own funeral

“At the end of your yoga practice the old you dies, when you enter Savasana. When you get up you’ll be reborn in to a better you, thanks to your yoga practice. That’s why you step on your yoga mat day in, day out.”

I think I’ve used that line about fifty times, teaching my yoga classes. I always believed it and still do. But I have got a new experience, that may be even tops it. Marloes, a friend of mine, today said: “Saying goodbye to all your friends is like going to your own funeral. Suddenly people tell you how beautiful your roll is or has been in their live. For some reason we never do that if we don’t say goodbye for a long, long time.”

It felt like being on my own funeral the last few days; a good funeral. So many overwhelming messages of friends, students, acquaintances; especially on my farewell party and this morning at my last yoga concert at Theaters Tilburg. I can’t still believe it and still don’t have words for it. (As soon as I have I’ll blog about it). That feeling just became stronger when I was reading a what’s app from Jet: ‘You don’t have anything anymore and at the same time you have the whole world’.

That’s precisely how I feel: I don’t have anything anymore. No house, no girlfriend, no car, no cats, no yoga school, no job, just my big backpack with some clothes and books in it and my day pack. That’s it. And that feels like being born again; with a clean sheet. No obligations, just a new start, full of possibilities.

20141026 Yoga on Frankfurt airport

20141026 Yoga on Frankfurt airport;


6 Responses to My own funeral

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    Yana 26 October 2014 at 20:34 #

    Prachtig verwoord! Ik wens jou een fantastisch nieuw begin! Xoxo

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    Karin 26 October 2014 at 22:33 #

    Great Picture ….. you look better already! 🙂 ….. something has changed …. energy shift.

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    Mirjam 26 October 2014 at 23:14 #

    Het laatste nummer dat de muzikanten speelden vanmorgen voelde als het afscheid nemen. Zag je in het vliegtuig zitten en alles loslaten met steeds dunne draadjes, je nieuwe avontuur en leven tegemoet. Dapper hoor!

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    anne marie 27 October 2014 at 12:38 #

    Mooi jou ervaring john. We zouden niet moeten wachten tot lang vertrek of zelfs tot de dood om ons hart te openen. Het was fijn om bij jou afscheidsfeest aanwezig te zijn…het was te zien dat je er stil van was dan wel geraakt. Een mooie reis wens ik jou, ook van Edward.

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    Anneke 27 October 2014 at 18:35 #

    Yeah yoga op het vliegveld! Like! Gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag ook! x

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    John Kraijenbrink 2 November 2014 at 19:02 #

    Nope: eigenlijk zouden we onze dank veel vaker moeten uitspreken.

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