Friday, May 16, 2008

Today's Healing Gift

Someone recently asked me for healing and as always, it blessed me to do it!

But not only does it feel good to do distant healing, I am almost always reminded or inspired to work on healing something in myself that I hadn't thought of or completed. I've made a change recently and change often makes me cranky!

And I was just putting up with it. I hadn't even thought about directing healing toward it specifically. I think I was trying to ignore it! And there has been so much on my mind lately~~I'm still taking in everything I experienced during the retreat~~that it was easy to shrug it off.

But thankfully, someone reminded me that I can have help with any and everything that concerns me. Even the things that make me irritable!

I feel so much better now!

A Grand Tour Friday Five

From Songbird at RevGalBlogPals...

Name five places that fall into the following categories:

1) Favorite Destination -- someplace you've visited once or often and would gladly go again

Myrtle Beach: I especially loved hanging out at Broadway at the Beach.

Del Coronado: The hotel is right on the beach and the hotel rooms are so wonderful. They don't look or feel like hotel rooms.

2) Unfavorite Destination -- someplace you wish you had never been (and why)

I've just realized that twice, when I went to Richmond, VA, I got sick while I was there and spent most of the visit not feeling well.

Coincidence? I don't know! :)

3) Fantasy Destination -- someplace to visit if cost and/or time did not matter

Europe: I think I'd want to go just about everywhere!

4) Fictional Destination -- someplace from a book or movie or other art or media form you would love to visit, although it exists only in imagination

Farmingdale, Vermont: part of the Human Interest universe, written in the Brokeback Mountain fandom.

In this story, Jack and Ennis buy a farm in Vermont and work at creating that "sweet life" that jack always wanted. If I could, I'd move there to live with them.

Waltons Mountain, Virginia: but only if I could actually be a Walton and get to live in that house :).

5) Funny Destination -- the funniest place name you've ever visited or want to visit

I have been to some places with funny names but can't remember any of them right now!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Guru Girl Weekend Training

I just completed the first of nine weekend retreat training experiences and it was wonderful, as were all the women to whom I opened my heart. The two women who led our experience and will be our teachers created a warm, welcoming, beautiful space for us to bond and begin our journey.

And Sinsinawa Mound, where I stayed, was equally beautiful and a quiet, soul-nurturing space, as well!

I have experienced some shifts already and I'm really looking forward to every part of the rest of this journey!

Here are a few highlights...

1) Walking the labyrinth and offering every concern to God

2) Seeing the "Christmas trees" and making friends with some of the other trees in the area

3) Eating some of the wonderful meals

4) Telling one of the leaders that I was amazed that there were people like her and the other leader, and having her say, "you're people like us!"

5) Finding that a few of the women, one in particular, are willing to give themselves over to laughter just like me. I had some wonderful laughs!

6) Getting here early and finishing the story I was writing

7) Getting to re-live the emergence of spring.

It's just beginning here so there was a touch of winter still and I got to enjoy drinking hot tea and wearing long sleeves and wrapping the prayer shawl around me given by one of the other women

8) Watching Mary Poppins with one of the Sisters who lives here in the Dominican Community and getting to meet and talk to some of the others.

9) Creating and having my very own medicine drum. The creating part was less-than-thrilling, to say the least!!! But now that it's all done, I'm glad to have it. I have named it Laughing Brook.

10) Singing Trish's song, "Namaste, namaste. I greet you with my heart wide open..." to the other women.

There were many other wonderful moments, including watching "Grey's Anatomy" with the first few wonderful people who arrived and "August Rush" on the last night we were here.

In case I haven't yet made it clear, I had a fantastic time!!