In the Loving Memory of My Father

“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek not to find out who you are, seek to determine Who You Want to Be” ~ Neale Donald Walsch

A massive heart-felt “Thank You” to those that have supported me and my family the past eight months as I travelled back and forth to Los Angeles to be by my father’s side. Thank you for all your love and prayers. As some may know, last month my father left his body and we had a beautiful tribute as we continue to find peace and inspiration in his life and legacy.  I feel grateful and blessed to have journeyed together with William Keeler as my father.

Through this difficult time I continually turned to my yoga practice, and with tears on and off my mat I was able to expand my awareness and compassion, while becoming more present and accepting that although difficult situations will arise and we cannot always change the situation around us, we can change our reaction and behaviour. We absolutely have control over ourselves.

Through loving kindness and mindfulness we have the ability to connect and heal, to open our hearts and souls to a greater way of living. Yoga allows us (allowed me) to move closer to responding and living in a more conscious way that helps to find inner peace in any situation.

Looking back on my father’s life I saw a beautiful transformation in every role he lived until the day he passed. He strongly reconfirmed my belief that every day, every moment we have the power within to create ourselves anew. Every effort we make on our life’s journey is transformational and exponential in its effects. Each time you consciously choose and remember the beauty of your inner self, you shift your perspective thus your behaviour and the outcome of your life.  

And so with my new found inspiration and after nine beautiful years in London, my family and I have decided to relocate in Europe. In witnessing my father’s journey something shifted in my mind and in my heart. “Why not?” “What have I to fear?” and lastly, “Life is short; don’t live a life looking back with regrets.” As long as I have my health, my happiness and that too of my family, my life and my “home” is wherever I choose to presently be in my heart. THANK YOU to all my friends, teachers and healers that made my experience as a London expat a beautiful opportunity to create and evolve. A special “Thank You” to the West London Buddhist Centre for allowing me every week to practice my art, teaching and being a source of healing for others in this world.

And so my dear friends, near or far, my intention for you is that you too can find inner peace and become empowered through adversity moving from pain to grace. And know that it is never too late…it is never too late to open your heart so wide open to receive and give love in your life to yourself and to those around you.

 Do you allow hardship to throw you out of harmony?

 Or do you allow challenges to become valuable lessons to Who You Want to Be?

As always, I’d love connecting with you and hear how you allowed challenges to become valuable life lessons. Head over to the comments section below to share your thoughts.

With love and gratitude,

Leslie xx

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