It would be an understatement to say that the past two months have been busy, but dear friends...so much has happened!
There's been lots and lots of travel...a retreat in California, a family wedding in the Rocky Mountains and then a mad-cap turn around to leap half way around the world into the lands and cultures of Greece and Turkey for five weeks...and I'm still trying to sort this experience out in my head. It was not at all what I had anticipated and yet...it was so, so much more.
While coming home has been mind-bending and the jet lag difficult, the miracle of modern jet travel is always mind-boggling to me. We take the ease with which we slip through the sky for granted, completely forgetting that not so very long ago, this very trip would have taken months, if not years. My gratitude for this ability to travel with comparative ease is immense. My gratitude for both the time and the financial means to travel is even more immense...there was a time in my life when it seemed that it would remain unatainable.
I've been thinking recently of the idea of living life like I'm on a treasure hunt...finding things, moments and experiences each day to pick up and drop into my sack of treasures. Everything is an opportunity for me to discover what it is I that I want more of in my life. It's a mind game yes, but one that helps me to be aware of what it is that I treasure and how often these moments happen.
This trip to Turkey was an immense gift...a true treasure...to myself and one that I've wanted to take for many years. Within the trip itself, there were several things I experienced that were very meaningful for me...flying over Cappadocia, Turkey in a hot air balloon, experiencing the spiritual dancing of the Whirling Dervishes and one other beautiful blessing... that I'll keep close to my heart.
This morning I was listening to a recording by Abraham/Esther Hicks, and it echoed the gratitude I've been feeling...
We would awaken in the morning and speak our appreciation for the sun coming up, whether you can see it or not. We would acknowlege the perfection of your planet spinning in it's orbit, whether you can see any other planets at that moment or not. We would feel appreciation for the intelligence of our physical body and for what the cells are doing, for what they know how to do. We would feel appreciation for the bed upon which we had slept and the pillow beneath our head. And we would bask in the deliciousness of the coverings upon our body and we would acknowledge at the beginning of every day:
This is a good day, I have such a good basis from which to begin, All is well with me, Source energy is aware of me and has my back, and everything that matters to me is known and all things are lined up and I'm on an eternal treasure hunt of treasures because the Universe knows what I seek and knows where those treasures are and is pointing me on the Path of Least Resistance to the adventure and the fun and the thrill that I have defined as my desire.
...all along what you were seeking was your natural and well deserved... JOY.
(if you have a few minutes to listen to the recording, it's a lovely energy)
Wishing you all the discovery of your own treasures as you go through your days.