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Dear <<First Name>>,

One year ago today, we lost our teacher and friend, Jonathan Austman.

A lot can happen in a year.

His physical absence in and of itself feels like a teaching: a reminder to be there for others before it’s too late. A reminder that it is always worth it to reach out, that it feels good to reach out. But that not everyone is going to be ready to talk.

Maybe they just need you to send a funny cat meme.
Or an invite to go for a walk, even though you both know that they’ll turn you down, until one day they say yes.
Or a book recommendation, because books have so much wisdom hidden in their pages, and sometimes you can only hear your own wisdom when it’s reflected back to you in someone else’s words.
Or a short email saying, “Check out this yoga thing” to spark a feeling that there is a way through, because when we are feeling heavy, we don’t see the options right at our feet.
Or a poem (see below!).

We really need ways of getting unstuck. We really need ways to keep showing up for eachother, in a broken-hearted world. In the end, there isn’t anything else to do. 

Jonathan used to say that summer was the best time to do deep inner work - the brightness of the weather shedding light onto a sometimes dark and convoluted inner landscape.

May this season bring you the strength to be intimate with what is right in front of you, whatever it happens to be, in all its multiplicity. 

Take good care,
Adrienne
Two hollow legs
I wrote an essay on my food-ish blog (www.twohollowlegs.com) reflecting on loss, endurance, and cherishing memories. Feel free to have a read. 
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And here is a haiku from my partner, David (it’s a much shorter read!):

The wind rustles leaves
Hanging on a thread of time
Subtle sudden shifts.
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