When Emergencies Mess with Your Zen

By Kristine Kaoverii Weber | June 2, 2024


an image of the front of an ambulance at night with lights on

I had been working on this week’s blog, which was going to be about using mantras in public health (there’s cool new research), when I got a call from a friend – her partner was in the hospital, in a lot of pain, and they were trying to figure out what was going on. I don’t want to overshare or breach confidentiality here so, let’s just say that things went from bad to worse over the course of a few days and he ended up having major surgery yesterday, with a lot of intensive aftercare and monitoring. It looks like he’s going to be okay, but the situation is still somewhat precarious.

So, I spent the whole day yesterday at the hospital with her and I’m going back again in a few hours.

I decided rather than publish my not-quite-finished blog about mantras in public health I’d save it for next week and instead write about some questions I’ve been thinking about over the past several days – what happens when emergencies mess with your Zen? and how is supporting people you love when they’re in crisis part of the yoga practice?

Once a teacher said to me, “When other people need you, sometimes you have to sacrifice your practice for them and respond to what’s right in front of you. What could be more beautiful than that sacrifice?”

I remembered that teaching a lot when my son was an infant and my previously robust practice had morphed into breastfeeding and diaper changing.

But now that he’s (mostly) grown, I feel like I’ve come to a new phase of my life where I’m frequently confronted by the crises of friends and family. My father has been in and out of the hospital in serious situations over the past few years. I have three friends who’ve lost their husbands. Another relative has serious health issues and is waiting to hear about a possible cancer diagnosis. Yeeesh.

My regular practice helps me to stay grounded for others in the face of their challenges – of course I’m not perfect at it – I’m not always grounded and steady. But I hate to think of what kind of useless puddle I’d be without it.

And then there are my plans, big and small… heeheehee…that flew out the window.

Reminds me of John Lennon’s line, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

I think yoga teaches us, through a regular practice, about interconnectedness and interdependency. Showing up for people you love who are in crisis is a natural reflection of that reality. Even the thought of “but I have to get this blog out today” seems small and silly in the face of it.

The quiet simple times of life presents us with an opportunity to shore up our resources – connect with the limitless power of the higher self, get strong – physically, mentally, and spiritually, and make deposits in the gratitude account. I’m not saying that there is any way to fully prepare for crises, but regular yoga practice at least offers us a way to potentially stay a bit more grounded when we’re in the midst of them.

Please let me know your thoughts – and see you next week! 😘🙏💖

Doors will be opening to The Subtle Yoga Resilience Society later this month. Get on the waitlist for more info. 






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