Going on Vacation

What’s on my mind these days?  Preparing to leave for a retreat in Guatemala with a group of folks on March 13th, for 9 days. Woohoo!

Photo courtesy of Infrogmation
Photo courtesy of Infrogmation

Our leaders have planned many wonderful adventures and grounding activities for us in this exotic locale.  (More to come on my Guatemalan experiences in future blog posts.)

I have a number of intentions.  To relax even more deeply into the care being provided.  To enjoy the company of my fellow travelers.  To take in the natural beauty of Guatemala.  To drink only filtered or bottled water.  🙂

At our pre-trip meeting one of the touching things one of our leaders said was that we’re all here for each other with kindness and care.  What a sweet difference I felt when he named it.  Mutual caring and interdependence.

For me, naming the connection that exists between us all adds to the relaxation.  It bursts the bubble of the stories that live in me that people wouldn’t be there for me.  Instead we have each others’ backs.  I feel a greater sense of ease and security.

In the words of Albert Einstein, “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”

Albert Einstein is saying what I’m experiencing – sensing a caring connection with another deepens my inner security.  The sense of mutual caring and interdependence.

Let’s go back to where I began and experiment.  If you name for yourself – “we’re all here for each other with kindness and care” – is there anything you notice happening in you?  And remember, my friend, whatever it is you notice is just right for you.

Love, Teresa

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