“A dragon does not always have to be slain. It can sometimes be befriended” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
“I’ve known Cori for a number of years…first through my sister, which then led to Cori & I collaborating together on passion projects for her business & for mine. Cori is a yoga therapist, Reiki healer, artist, and LIFE enthusiast. Knowing her love of nature and her horse I secretly hoped she would pick a shoot in the country with him, but I wanted to leave it open to her. She pondered her love for our city of Calgary, but the final – perfect – choice was a portrait with Shooter! Cori lives her life with great intention, energy, and soulfulness…given how sensitive horses are, it is not surprising that she & Shooter have a super cool relationship. We wandered out into the field and, in mere minutes, Shooter joined us. Without halter he walked with us to one of the places that they often spend time together – where Cori meditates or journals. This will go down as my most un-structured and peaceful session for the Book…and one I felt so privileged to be a part of…thank you Cori! Life is beautiful!”
Image © Lori Maloney
An Interview with Cori
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. I remember hiking alone to a secluded spot at the foot of the Rockies and leaning against a large tree at midnight on my birthday. Pitch black, sharp mountain air, hollow sounds and a vast fullness, I asked for a shooting star. The most glorious burst of light with a stark trailing tail was almost instantly received! Happy Birthday to me!!
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. My first birthday without my best friend’s “Happy Birthday” wish was very difficult. I felt so abandoned without that simple endearment. Walking alone in the ravine, I wept and mourned the loss of a friendship that I had relied on for decades. As I walked on, I considered the annual ritual of being thought of and recognized by her on my birthday…I thought of how I had become dependent and attached and I wondered how I could morph this into a healthy transition. This was the first step I took towards being interested in myself and truly considering the difference between being alone and being lonely. Looking back right now I realize my “worst birthday” was a true gift.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. For my 30th, my husband arranged a fantastic surprise trip to Vancouver. It was a whirlwind of kidless activity and phenomenal planning; exploring, eating, resting, and playing topped off with a surprise pub night that included a bunch of friends. But! The super amazing bit that had me verklempt was coming home to my entire interior house having been painted while we were away. That was too much…I lost it.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. Cake! Preferably home made with ample icing & candles, but I’ll accept anything!
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Just one? Tradition, ritual & family…in yoga it would be the principles of the muladhara (or root) chakra that I believe I am most affected by and personally recognize on my birthday.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. As a kid we got to choose our birthday meal – I loved that tradition and have continued it in my home.