Sweet Serendipity

I’m a sucker for serendipity. I absolutely adore stories of “happy accidents” that defy simple odds or logic for that matter.

A particular form of serendipity that pleases me to no end is when I see/hear/read the same message a variety of times over the course of a few days. It always makes me take a moment to pause and reflect. “The Universe really wants me to heed this message!” I can’t help but think to myself. These moments feel like a nudge, a hug or simply a sweet reminder that we are all part of something much larger than ourselves. These moments evoke warmth.

My most recent experience of serendipity happened just recently when I followed up on fellow yogi Lisa’s TedTalk recommendations. (Lisa is a mighty force of worthy reading/viewing recommendations, BTW). The speaker, Stasia Savasuk, gave a very entertaining talk (which you can view here) and made reference to one of my favourite authours, John O’Donahue. You may recall my frequent references to his wonderful book Anam Cara. I’ve been thinking of this particular quote all week because it speaks to our vulnerabilities and strengths, and it always leaves me feeling hopeful.

Then, as luck (wink) would have it, just after I searched out the quote to include in a lesson plan, Robb was listening to Tapestry with Mary Hynes of CBC Radio One. It turns out, one of the single most popular episodes of her show was her 2004 interview with (drumroll please….) John O’Donahue! And, wait for it, at just the moment Robb was able to listen in, O’Donahue was speaking to the essence of this same quote (which you’re just dying for me to reveal)! Oh my goodness! What are the chances??? 😉 Here’s a link to the interview.

And now, for the quote:

There is a place in you where you have never been wounded,
where there’s still a sureness in you, where there’s a seamlessness in you,
and where there is a confidence and tranquility in you.
Hoping that you had moments of connection (safe and physically distanced, of course), and that your yoga practice helps you find that place of confidence and tranquility in you.

Warmest regards,