I have held a dream in creating a retreat space for not only myself but also for the community. A place for like minded souls to gather and share thoughts and inspirations and to support the process. Each attempt I have made at obtaining this something got in the way. It was making me feel chaotic, like there was something I hadn’t tried and kept grasping at the next straw.
Recently I embarked on a trip to the States and would normally take the 402 highway for the 90 minute drive before crossing the border. As I got behind the wheel the thoughts began to flood my mind. So much so that an hour into the journey I began to realize that I was on the wrong highway; instead I was almost into Windsor. Big aha for me, being locked in the thoughts often will have us miss our destination. I had to pull over and gather myself together. The initial piece of the drive was overcast and gloomy and as I sat in silence the clouds began to separate and allowed the sun to make its presence known.
Turning the vehicle around had a dramatic shift in my thoughts. Instead of being in my head I was in the moment and began to look more beyond me and into the beauty of the land and the skies. What began as a dark and dismal day turned into one of peace and beauty – I could begin to see the silver lining. I had on some devotional music which felt healing to my heart and drove the backroads home to quieten the journey. The drive was not a waste, it brought me from a place of chaotic thinking and grasping to renewed hope. I made the choice to let go of the shore and allow the waters of life to guide me.
When I was in training at an ashram several years ago I was in awe of the support that was imbued through the community. Everyone had a contribution to the whole, and everyone benefited. This same lifestyle is prevalent in several other locations I have travelled to and it brings such warmth to my heart. It wasn’t about one or a select few controlling the masses or capitalizing off the workers or product. There was a harmony that was not only witnessed but felt. There was purpose, a sense of belonging and joy.
I feel we need these spaces here. There is not a direction we can turn now that doesn’t have discouraging news or consequences. The state of our world in all aspects needs care, human care. How beautiful it can be to have a collective group to begin the process of providing the ability for the positive to thrive, the things that are sustainable and supportive to the whole to be explored. To create balance and right relationship.
The way will find me.