“I want to learn how to hold the paradoxical poles of my identity together, to embrace the profoundly opposite truths that my sense of self is deeply dependent on others dancing with me and that I still have a sense of self when no one wants to dance.” – Parker J Palmer

To my beloved Mother who first held me in her arms so I could feel her heartbeat, the first sign of unconditional love. The first connection to the wisdom of the universe. From womb to heartbeat & from heartbeat to breath. To my Dad who snuggled with me numerous of times to let me know everything was going to be ok. To my brothers. Each has brought so much meaning to my life. My oldest who’s protected me all along. My brother who has been there for me through it all. My twin who’s taught me to just BE.

To my Grandmother’s who’ve taught me to stand up for myself, to be true to the convictions of my heart. My Grandfather’s who’ve taught me to embrace the silliest part of myself. To my sister’s-in-law who’ve shown me how to be exceptional mother’s and strong confident women. To each of my boyfriend’s who held the key to a locked door inside my heart. Thank you for opening those doors. To all my friends I’ve met who’ve allowed me to be vulnerable, opening a world in me I never would’ve known before if they hadn’t been there.

To those who haven’t been so kind for showing me both sides of myself and allowing me to explore the hidden depths of my soul. To my teachers growing up. Some who believed in my creativity and to those who didn’t. I’m grateful to all who pushed me to excel, and those who let go to watch me grow. To my religious family who’ve helped shine a light into my own spiritual purpose no matter how much we disagree. To my aunts and uncles who’ve shown me how to be there for family. To the Mexican angel who revealed in me a light I didn’t know I had until age 19. To my yoga teachers who’ve allowed me the grace to explore LIFE in it’s essence. Who’ve opened my eyes to a world I never knew before, NAMASTE. To my yoga students who humble me every single day reminding me about life’s MAGIC.

To those who’ve said I’m too honest, thank you for showing me I’m on the right path to living a life of integrity. To those I’ve laughed with, cried with, shared silly stories with, spoke of pain and suffering with, who’ve seen me grieve one of the most important people I’ve ever known, thank you. To all of my teachers who’ve acted as a compass for me to stay on track with my inner truth, my Satya. I am grateful to all of them who’ve opened their heart to me, and to those who offered me the space for me to open mine. Brene Brown says ‘Life is about Connection.’ I believe it! Without it, we’d surely be lost on our Journey to connect with the Source within. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for I am grateful, and I will always be.

Liz Terry