Life Lessons I Learned from George Harrison
The resilience and activism I saw this year really hit home for me this past November as we marked the 20th anniversary of George Harrison’s death. Why George? Like every girl who came of age in the 1960s, I was a passionate Beatles fan and George was my favorite. But I was lucky enough to get to know him as his yoga therapist, and learned lifelong lessons from him on spirituality, activism and humility. I recently wrote a piece for Rolling Stone on how George Harrison epitomized these qualities and shared them with the world, which you can read here. But in short, during his way-too-brief career, George was not only a persistent activist with big goals, but he was also eternally humble, committed to his spiritual beliefs and measured his success by his accomplishments.
Starting another new year with great hopes, it’s a good time to remember the significant impact George had on the world, his ultimate belief in failure and success, and the importance of pursuing possibilities. After all, this was a man who knew that ‘all things must pass,’ to channel the name of his ground-breaking and most celebrated album. And he believed in new beginnings with each new year, as his “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” song says. So, this year, follow its advice and “ring out the old, ring in the new; ring out the false, ring in the true.”
I leave you with wishes for hope, resilience and renewal in the coming year—and some hearty bellringing this weekend.