Are you on a personal journey? Are you traveling up and down the same road? Do you see light or darkness on the other side of the bridge ahead? You are going to take charge of your personal journey. But you don’t know exactly how. Life gets in the way now, kids, work, the house, your fur babies and then there’s your other half, the one you fell in love with 19 years ago, the one who adds to your stress. The one who insists it’s black when you’ve explained why it’s white. You know you have given your all but feel like a failure. Do you feel the pain? Every day, right? It’s time to take charge of your personal journey. Each Thursday, unless notified otherwise, look for another thoughtful and inspiring post about this journey we are on. Talking about issues helps figuring things out. Don’t you agree? Leave me tidbits of your journey so I can possibly incorporate them into future posts. We can help each other blossom. This is how I started my healing last Saturday.
A girlfriend hosted a Burning Bowl Release Ceremony, a cleansing/affirming event in her back yard. Four of us and the instructor gathered on a quilt in silence. We were instructed to center ourselves, think about the one thing on our mind, in our soul, that we wanted to rid ourselves of. Write it on your first scrap of paper and fold it, our instructor continued. Now, on the second paper write what you intend to change this next year. Put it in this envelope and tuck it away. Save it. Remember this time. File it away in your mind. Remember this place. It was hot. The sun glistening through the tree branches, penetrating the shade we were so thankful for. Can you hear the birds chirping. Goodness, look at the squirls chasing each other. It seemed each one of us took the time to relish in the beauty of the moment, quiet, unhurried, mystical, togetherness. We sat in support of one another, rid ourselves of our pain, to let it go forever at the fire pit.
The five of us stood around the fire pit holding hands, flames glowing in the afternoon heat. While our instructor uttered words of wisdom, you could feel the energy force around us. Then releasing, each one of us, one by one, threw our mind’s poison (scraps of paper) into the flames, watching as each one burned and burned until there was nothing left. We were reminded about the importance of cleansing the mind and how the mind is a beautiful and powerful thing. You have the power for change. But you must take charge of yourself and the choices you make. And it helps to come together for inspiration, prayer, direction…to make that happen.
As I drove home that evening I felt a sense of peace. You see this morning I thought I was simply spending one of my last weekends with my friend before moving out of state. Beth knew I was in a bad place. She wanted to help. She knew I wanted to visit with her. She also knew that I might cancel attending an event. What better way than an invitation to a surprise. On top of that, what do you do when your best friend says, NO EXCUSES. It was sooooo worth it. So, I am passing on the Burning Bowl Release Ceramony so you can start on your personal journey. There is a light at the tunnel I am told. Let’s find our way together. What do you think? I am looking forward to sharing with you next Thursday. Every day I am feeling a bit stronger. Thank you my best friend! Ines