After next week I return to Portland for a couple weeks. I will work my last two shifts at The Family Birth Center in Olympia, WA and then facilitate a retreat at Harmony Hill Retreat Center in Union, WA. (We provide retreats for people living with cancer at no cost to participants). Then I go to my second hOMe on Kauai for a month long personal retreat… Being present every day with Mama Pacific, as my Heartbeat syncs with the rhythm of hers.
What will I hear as my Being becomes ever more silent in these next many weeks? I will hear the sound and voice of my own precious Heartbeat. I will embrace and remember Who-I-Am.
I will continue writing as I explore my personal Journey and reflect-on and observe the path. Some of what I will be writing about is: ‘The Art of Retreat’. I have experienced and facilitated ‘Retreat’ for a long time and I want to further explore ‘what’ it is and how we can integrate the aspects of retreat into our daily lives. I will also continue to explore the value of cultivating ‘Presence’. For years ‘presence’ as a modality, was central to the retreats I offered to nurses and other health professionals. I want to take it deeper. And I will continue to explore ‘Dancing with Shadows’… Being with the difficult parts of our lifetime.
When I return to Portland in the middle of January, I will have explored, played-with and created the ‘what is next’. My Gratitude for this lifetime and the people I share it with remains what leads me… What frames my day. Coupled with Gratitude I continue to ask the three soul questions, some version of which, I enter my daily meditations with:
Who am I?
What is my clearest desire?
How can I best serve?
So Be It