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Remembrance.

Memorial Day is commonly thought of as the "unofficial" start of summer, but for the men and women that serve our country and the families who stand by them, it holds deep meaning.  It is a time of remembrance, honor, and sadness.   Many of us have had the honor of personally knowing some of these brave souls that paid the ultimate sacrifice, making this weekend one of mixed emotions.  There is a feeling of needing to stand tall to honor them for their service, but there is also an unsteadiness in the legs because part of you longs to fall to your knees asking why.   This is where the tug-of-war begins inside you and the feeling of needing to escape the feelings begins. I often hear of frustrations with how people choose to spend this holiday and how the media often shares glamorous other stories and seems to miss the importance of something like this, but it's important to not get too wrapped up in that when you are suffering from loss.  This moment of remembrance is for you to connect with those that have touched your life and I firmly believe that those that have gone before us, wouldn't have had it any other way.  They wouldn't have sent you first, they still would step in front of you.  It's just the nature of a hero.  
 
I ask that this Memorial Day you take fifteen minutes and sit peacefully with your sadness.  Welcome it. Honor it. Tell yourself that it's okay that it's come to visit you.   Then focus on each breath you take and notice what washes over you.  Holding in sadness leads to stress and tension in the body.  Sadness isn't something we should run from.  It's simply saying, "You were important to me."  Allow it to speak and it will heal.  

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