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Book Review – Here Comes the Sun

July 6, 2015

By Jacinta Hin

“I wrote this book to record how my family came to be so that one day my son could know me better, and so that I would not forget” writes Leza Lowitz in the final pages of her delightful memoir Here Comes the Sun, a Journey to Adoption in 8 Chakras.

Here Comes the Sun chronicles Leza’s heart-warming story of becoming a mother. It also tells the story of a woman finding love and finding herself. This beautifully written book is not just for aspiring mothers. Anyone looking to embrace their unique journey in life may find inspiration in Leza’s courage and faith on her road to motherhood. By example, she shows us the way to open up, let go and invite in. Her words encourage me to stay open on my own path.

She writes:

"Today, as in many days over the years I ask myself questions many mothers never consider. Why do I want to be a mother anyway? I mediate on the answer. I want to experience another kind of love, something beyond what I know or can even imagine. Mother love. I want to experience this kind of earth-shattering, unconditional absoluteness of a mother’s love for her child, sent out to anyone and everyone.

The oneness

I’m starting to feel it. To believe. Everyone is my mother. I am their mother, too.

The next morning’s yoga releases more tension, and the meditation brings back a long-buried lesson from the Hebrew’s school of my youth.

When something doesn’t come easy, it’s often a test. A test helps us to awaken to and hopefully grow beyond perceived limits. Could my crooked road to motherhood be a test, and this test be a miracle in itself?"

And than later, when she faces more obstacles on the road to family...

I shake out my yoga mat and go through my practice. Arms over head, gathering up the light of the sun, bringing prana and hope back in. Bringing in light. I find power in the Warrior Pose, stillness in balancing postures like Half-Moon. I waver but I hold my ground. I open my heart in backbends, then stretch and I twist. I invert, letting my world turn upside down yet again. The blood rushes to my head, clearing my mind.
When it comes time for Corpse Pose, a posture of deep letting go into the earth, I lie down on the ground, arms out by my side, palms up in surrender, and I rest.

How deeply can I let go? How much more can I surrender?

I feel the contours of my body start to dissolve, then disappear. It’s as if I am no longer a body. There is no me. There is no earth. Only a shimmering field of energy. I ride its waves.

After some time, I wiggle my fingers and toes and come out of the pose. Then I sit down to meditate. I watch my breath. And then the breath too, disappears. It’s no longer me breathing. I feel myself, being breathed. The breath flows through me. I’m a conduit. A vessel for this energy, this life force, this light.

This time, instead of waiting for my child’s voice to come to me, I speak directly to my child.

Hold on, I say, we’re coming.

© Leza Lowitz, 2015 from Here Comes the Sun. Used with permission of Stone Bridge Press.

Leza Lowitz lives in Tokyo, Japan, where she runs a yoga studio. She is the multi-genre author of over seventeen books. Her work also has appeared in the New York Times, Yoga Journal and the Huffington Post, among others.

Learn more about Leza and her book here.

About the author: Jacinta Hin was born in the Netherlands and has been living in Tokyo, Japan, since 1989. Her professional background is in human resources, career management and coaching. She is passionate about helping people, herself included, discover new perspectives of possibility, move to embracing and working with their transitions, and designing and realizing changes aligned with who they truly are and what they truly want from their lives.
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