October 4 2007, I walked up a hill to a door on Franklin Street in San Francisco. I knocked, and the door was answered by the magnificent Dorothy Divack. As my mentor and coach, the Godmother of It’s Yoga, and who we like to refer to as the “oracle” she greeted us with her signature smile and warm embrace – and in we walked. This was a big day in my evolution, and she knew it.
I went into the back room, changed my clothes, and met her and Larry in the living room. Flowers, clean and spacious, of course. Larry and her were laughing about something, and before I knew it, we began.
About 20 minutes later, we signed papers, took some pictures and off we went over the Golden Gate bridge, as husband and wife.
Since this day, 10 years ago, when I decided I would indeed, marry my yoga teacher, who was 30 years my senior, and raised Jewish to my Christian, I have attended my sister’s wedding to a beautiful black man whose father immigrated to the US from Nigeria, a cousin married a lovely Indian woman raised Hindu in Bombay, a friend’s brother married his (male) college sweetheart and danced to Frank Sinatra so tenderly, a (female) colleague married a woman she loved through facebook in Germany, and this upcoming weekend another cousin from Dubai will marry her best friend, who happens to be Muslim.
A lot has changed in the last 10 years. We have grown in so many ways, we have celebrated our differences and come to the conclusion, again and again, that Love is so much bigger than colors and body parts and the places we choose to be born and the families we choose to raise us. It is ever more clear, that to the extent that we continue to nurture that truth, that only LOVE is real, and fully embrace our fellow human beings as friends, as brothers and sisters, as extensions of ourselves – the end war and suffering will follow. All our problems today and always have been our inability and unwillingness to realize that we are all rays of light coming from one Sun, that we are united whether we want to be or not.
Today, 10 years ago, I was brave enough to listen to my inner guidance, and that decision, has brought so much more love and light into my life than I could have ever seen back then. I trust that as we continue to watch our Mother Earth, un-Earth, and political systems shift and change, that we will in our own worlds, love each other, unconditionally, and with our whole hearts. Only love is real friends.
Love and Peace today and always, and in all-ways,