6 May, 2013
i’ve got that buzzy pre-travel feeling. that one that, always right before, balks and questions whether i really ought to go. of course, i know too well the comforts of habit, the ease of losing myself in the needs and routines of my family, and the need i have, deep down, to balance this blessed life with adventure, retreat, and pattern-breaking.
the past few weeks have brought both radiant sunshine and drizzly grey, both inside and out. i’ve detoxed and submerged, reduced and savored. i’ve carefully curated what enters both my body and my home and the benefits are revealing themselves. i can honestly say that i am greeting spring and the rapidly approaching summer with joy and resolution, with a (mostly) calm belly and with a lightness of being that i’ve longed for after some not-so-easy winter storms.
so tomorrow will find me on three airplanes, so that i can nuzzle up to some different mountains and explore a stretch of trail i’ve dreamt of walking on. i will then be retreating at another place i’ve wanted to go to for almost a decade, and sharing the weekend with a teacher that has had a profound impact on my life for the past several years.
every day, it is my practice to ask for the greatest ease, grace, and abundance, for myself and for my family, so that we can be of service to our highest potential and work on this planet and in this lifetime. at the start of this year, with this daily prayer in mind, as well as mindful of the delicate state i was in at the time, i chose carefully what travel i would do this year and what wells i would pilgrimage toward for truth, rest, and sustenance. this is the first of three journeys that intuitively called to me. my word for the year is home, and each of these 2013 travels feels like a homecoming. a return to source, simplicity, silence.
i am grateful. see you on the flip side.
The three facets of true refuge–awareness, truth, and love–come alive as we dedicate our presence to them. ~Tara Brach