Today is one of those days when this blog becomes so much more than some words written for the benefit of others. Today I am using this medium to pay homage to a woman who changed my life. If my post from last year about my teacher, Joan Ruvinsky, went unnoticed, check it out here.
I got home from Baltimore this afternoon and picked up a voice mail telling me that Joan had passed away. She had announced that she had incurable cancer in January of 2015 and I was in England when I found out. Writing the blog post linked above was how I processed the news, which was traumatic for me. However, in the past 14 months, Joan and I have been in closer contact than we had ever been before, and through her example, texts and the time we spent together she taught me more than anyone ever has in any studio. She taught me how to die, and in doing so, taught me how to live.
I am because Joan was, is and always will be. We will always live in a world where Joan is. I want you all to know how much this woman, this energy, this spirit that was Joan, meant to me and how grateful I will always be for the time we had together on this human, material plane. I have no doubt that Joan and I will continue to interact in other ways and on other planes. For this moment, let me simply say that I love her, that she changed my life and that anyone who learns anything from me is learning from Joan.
Thank you, Joan. Talk soon.