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well, i'm back from beautiful california.
i hardly know what day it is, and daylight savings isn't helping my jet lag at all, but i am full of gratitude and peace.
i was on a business trip at a retreat center just outside san francisco, so there was definitely work involved, but i also had time to be quiet and open myself to healing.
just before leaving, i was distraught. after the white water rapids ride my life's been the last couple of months, the last thing i wanted was to have to pack up and go to the west coast.
but when we landed and i stepped off the plane, it was green and warm with flowers everywhere...i was immediately enchanted.
the center's gardens were filled with all kinds of surprises:
a celtic cross with a mossy, impossibly green grass planted in front of it that i just had to stand on barefoot;
st. francis standing in the hollows of trees;
a buddha holding blessed blades of grass in his arms;
the perfume of hundreds of flowers--always different depending on where you were sitting or standing, sometimes dependent on the direction of the wind;
a beautiful labyrinth.
there were even sequoias--i real treat for a (rather literal) tree-hugger. i never thought i'd see one.
i attended a transcendent taize service and reconnected with a spirit guide i haven't seen since i was a child.
...and it would take forever to tell you about all the wonderful people i had the opportunity to meet. my last day there, i realized that i had learned quite a bit about how i want to operate as a priest and a woman on a spiritual path just by being in the presence of this group of deeply human, deeply committed individuals.
i knew i needed renewal, but i wasn't sure how i would get it without an expensive plane ticket and a whole lot of time (that i didn't have) off work.
god/dess is so good to me. this job has already repaid me several times over for the extra early mornings and commuting hassles. may it continue to do so.
my ori is securely aligned with my heart, hands and feet.
i can begin to breathe deeply and pray again, secure in the knowledge that i have the power to manifest the bliss i want.
my dreams are back.
my egbe is with me.
i am well on my way to happiness.