“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.
It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
~ Ray Bradbury
On Tuesday night the world lost a gentle gardener of souls.
My friend Tony slipped away.
Tony was the heart of Sangsurya, the place where I run my retreats.
We’ll be a little quiet here for the next few days as we mourn our friend and honour his life and legacy. How many lives he has shaped and changed, including mine.
Bless you, Tony. May your heart spin ever faster.
Onwards on your journey, dear one.
You will be missed.
Photo taken at Sangsurya by Dana Hartnell
“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
~ Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
One of the things I love about our retreats at Sangsurya is that we are always so supported by the natural environment.
We’ve been doing some really big work these past few days – wrapping up the old energies of 2015, and doing lots of shift and emotional clearing to make way for the delicious energies of the coming year.
Of course a huge storm came in right as we finished all of that work. It was crazily intense with driving rain, thunder, lightning and wild wind. Even during my evening channelling session, and then late into the night as I meditated for the group, the sky was alive with lightning and the distant roar of thunder out over the ocean.
This morning the dawning sun has burned away the last of the cloud. The air is cool and fresh and clean. Everything feels settled and grounded and clear as we get ready to work with all of the possibilities of 2016.
I’m so excited for what today will bring. You can feel the gift of it in the air!
Here are a few pics from yesterday. Sending so much love to you, Nicole <3 xoxo