As I'm preparing for another book discussion and the reading of portions of Adirondack Retreat My Midlife Journey to Wholeness I'm reminded of my journey that began ten years ago. I was broken in so many ways and yet my Soul was strong and determined to lead me to something I kept seeking outside of myself.
From the very first morning on my one year retreat (that become three years) I walked into the woods and around the lake in silence. Being totally present to my breath, my body, and the soothing balm of Nature. The more I walked and explored and paused for pictures to capture what touched me most...I began to Understand so much about Life and myself. As I noticed the imperfections, destruction, new sprouts, new life, and beauty all around me I healed. I healed because I knew that God was showing me that the most beautiful landscapes are filled with the unique, the imperfections of the fallen and broken. I observed tree roots climbing over boulders...showing me that when there is a will...there is a way. Vines clustered and twisted provide a safe place for falling branches...as I found a safe place in my strong, loyal, and devoted family and friends. This is where I found healing. I healed my body, my mind, my emotions and my Life...all I had to do was just step outside.