I’ve just returned from a collaborative writing weekend in Eastern Oregon and I feel completely refreshed! There’s nothing like a hot, six-mineral soak twice a day overlooking the snowy Steens Mountain Range with a bestie.
I highly recommend retreating to the middle of nowhere with someone you adore. It’s especially good for a Hermit who loves people. If you’re in Oregon, this rustic joint is right off the highway. We loved it!
Isn’t it intriguing, what comes up when you completely empty out the surface details in the first hour and then get to the real deals?
Questions about why we do what we do, who we are (there were personality tests taken and loud guffawing laughter), and what brings HOPE to a person’s weary, fearmongered, sometimes chronically lonely heart.
People. We are becoming chronically lonely? I do not think this is a good move for humanity, do you?
The cure for lone wolves is to remember that wolves are seldom loners for long. They don’t prefer it, contrary to the old rubber stamp maxim. They rejoice in their packs. There’s no need to go it alone when what our hearts deeply desire are love and belonging. One of the most powerful things I can think of is wanting to know someone’s heart.
Say it: I’m grateful to know you that way.
Imagine it being said to you. How does that feel? Thing is, we’re not likely to hear it if we don’t allow anyone to know [said heart]. Opening is risky. It’s even scarier when the world is sending a million text messages a minute to our high-alert nervous systems, fragmenting our attention and imploring us to shut down and “be careful”.
We can meanwhile continue to connect in all of the ways we can, in all of the ways we’re *willing* to stretch ourselves, and (wo)manifest ways to connect IN PERSON. This virtual business alone isn’t cutting it.
Tell me what you think. I always want to know. And tell me how you love connecting with your heart, because I forget that there are many ways in which you’re opening and risking for love that I’m not aware of.