Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

Still savoring

I am still with the wonders of the retreat.  Yesterday, I participated in a Sensory Awareness workshop.  There were just five of us, five long-term friends, and I was able to share with them that at my current pace even a workshop like this feels fast.  I could feel how much I still am tree.  I bonded with the redwoods, and it seems, they with me.  I carry them within.  I feel breathed, like a tree.

Just breathing is enough, perhaps at times, almost too much.  My heart is tender and sore almost to the point of pain, but not quite.

I took three books with me on the retreat and they shared the tent with me along with two notebooks that I filled.

The book I opened while in my tent looking out is Reduced to Joy by Mark Nepo.

I am with these words from his poem, "The Art of Facing Things".  This is the last stanza.

  My love for you has outlasted my notions
of love, the way a redwood, allowed to stand
after many storms, grows from the inside,
forcing its bark to drop away.

That's how I am today, dropping bark.

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