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Hello Dear Ones!

I just love how my mind works sometimes!

As a child, my inner world was way more exciting and mysterious than my outer world. I played by myself a lot, and when I did, it was full steam ahead with imagination and creativity.

I would spend hours in the basement where I was the sheriff in my make-believe village. I would pin on a tin sheriff's badge and strap on my older brother's toy gun and holster. My job was to patrol, riding my little blue bicycle, the various "streets" in and around the furnace, under the steps, and along a straight stretch to another part of the basement. I would speed off in response to any emergency, always stopping at the imaginary stop signs along the way, and come to the aid of anyone in distress.

Then one day, when I got bigger, I got a shiny new red bicycle. The size adults ride. So big I needed training wheels until I could master riding it. Thrilling. That is, until I watched, from an upstairs window, as my little blue bicycle was loaded onto the back of a truck out in the driveway. I was totally devastated. My parents had sold, or given, my old bike to a family who needed a small bicycle. They didn't know about my huge responsibilities for my village in the basement. My new bike was way too big to maneuver around the furnace and under the steps. Whatever was I going to do without my blue bike? Growing pains.

Mind jumps to another example of growing pains...

I loved the 50's and 60's tv shows for children. Fascinated by The Friendly Giant. Watching him say good-bye to Rusty and place the rocking chairs around the fireplace until next time.

There was another show that I actually got to be on with a few other kids. They needed real live kids on the set for part of the show each week. We were probably told a story or something. Crazy exciting. The show always ended with all the kids going into the cabin for pancakes. I must have been quite young. I don't remember much except the lights and being really buzzed with excitement. Couldn't wait to go in the log cabin for pancakes. Well, you know what's coming, right? No cabin. No pancakes. It just looked like a cabin on the front, and we walked through a door into nothing. For a creative child with a vivid imagination, this was a tough, tough lesson.

And continuing with the childhood tv theme...

Romper Room. Remember that one? Even if it was before your time, you can probably relate. At the very end of each show, she would hold up a mirror and look into it. She would "see" all of us who were watching. "I see Betty and Joan. There's Alice and Wendy. Hi Deborah and Claire and Marilyn" and on and on, week after week.

Well, my name was Heather-Anne. I waited and waited every week to hear my name. Why couldn't she see me? I was there. Watching and longing to be seen. She might have seen Heather once, but until my 40's, I was Heather-Anne. So seeing Heather really didn't mean me.

Still with me? One last leap of my mind...

To be seen and fully embraced.

Our ability to see and fully embrace another, and open ourselves to be seen and fully embraced by another ... well, to me that's the essence of true love. Living a single lifestyle, I don't believe this only applies to an intimate relationship with another person. Rather, it is our ability to come from a place of loving kindness, be it towards a person, animal, tree, sunset ... the receiver of our love matters less than our capacity to stir up love and pour it on.

I also make that mean that I can still value being a kind, loving person even when it requires letting go or removing myself from people or situations that I experience as toxic.

"What's the kind, loving thing to do here?" is a great question to pose whether I'm considering what to feed myself in the next few minutes, or life-changing choices that will affect me for decades.

But I digress.

In underneath all of that, I believe that we all, as humans, share a deep longing to be seen and fully embraced. There is an African greeting that underscores this need. It is said that visitors to a tribe would proclaim "Sikhona" when they arrived, which means "I am here." The visitor would be greeted with a rousing "Sawubona", which means "I see you."

I love this concept (albeit loosely translated, I'm sure). I have used modifications of it in several workshops. Some of you have taken part in what I believe to be my most powerful adaptation: two concentric circles of women who do and say nothing except look into the eyes of the other, taking turns saying "I see you" and "I am here." Then moving on to the next person and repeating. It is deeply moving to give and receive, and speaks to how seldom we are really seen and fully embraced, even for just a few seconds.

What Does All This Have To Do With You?

So we've got three childhood stories about a little girl with three desires: to be of service to others; to eat pancakes in a log cabin; and to be seen and fully embraced.

(BTW, some things don't change in over fifty years!!)

What does all this have to do with you? Maybe nothing. Interesting stories. Perhaps it triggers thoughts of your own childhood and lessons learned at an early age.

For me, these stories got me pondering what I might have to offer to other women who may share these or similar desires.

The results of my pondering, you ask? Well, first a drum meditation. Then a pancake retreat!!!

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"I REALLY SEE YOU" Drum Meditation

I have designed and recorded a drum meditation based on the original chant that I created for my Heart Rhythms workshop. I know it won't be the same as experiencing it in a workshop with a group of like-minded women. However, for those who have shared it with me live in workshops, I hope it will evoke a special memory as you experience it in a different way. For others who feel inclined to listen to it, my hope is that it will be an uplifting and affirming opportunity to experience a few moments of compassion and love. For yourself, and for others.

Click here, or on the picture for my "I Really See You" drum meditation. The meditation takes about ten minutes.

I See You

CLICK ON PICTURE FOR A TEN MINUTE DRUM MEDITATION.

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Sponges of Love Pancake Retreat

Pancakes with Heather-A

Care to guess which one is me???

A Personal Wellness Retreat by Church Lake for Women

Many women I know are undergoing major changes, and searching for meaning in their lives as they figure out the next steps. It's so vital to keep our hearts open during such times. To seek out that deeper connection with ourselves and accept who we truly are. Perhaps even fall (more) in love with ... strengthen our capacity to love ... our own true nature. (And I know that's a big leap for many of us.)

So if you are ...

going through major changes in your life;
facing some significant challenges;
coming to an end, or a new beginning, of something;
giving yourself a hard time for not doing what you want to do;
craving some self-care;
feeling like a failure (even though you know you're not);
wanting to reward or treat yourself for a job well done;
tired of the struggle and just need to get away from it all ...

Take a break. Check in to my log cabin for some TLC (tender loving care). We'll spend the morning in a flow of drumming, moving, and quiet reflection. All aimed at feeding the often overlooked parts of you that crave attention and deserve some nurturing. This is your chance to step out of the fray for a few hours to live with ease, share time and space with other like-minded women, and come home to your own true nature.

After the morning workshop, we'll share a pot luck lunch. I'll supply pancakes. Not from a box. Sponges of love. Made from scratch, with eggs from my chickens.

After lunch, you are invited to enjoy an open afternoon at the cabin and on the land. Down time. Recharge. Retreat. Integrate wisdom and insight gained from the morning workshop. Read a book. Snooze on the deck or by the lake. Talk or don't talk. Go for a swim. Join me in a 20 minute tai chigong practice. Take a drum and go off by yourself. Write in your journal. Practice doing nothing.

Sound good?

About this retreat...

▪ There is no poster or other promo. Just this newsletter, and on my website.
▪ Feel free to share if there's someone you want to invite.
▪ You probably know by now if this is something you need, so there's not a lot of advance notice to register. Let's just do it.
▪ The retreat is only three weeks away.
▪ It's a rain or shine event. (The sound of rain on the cabin roof is very relaxing. Yes, there's a fireplace.)
▪ Advance registration by July 14 and pre-payment only please.
▪ There is no on-site registration.
▪ Minimum of 6 women, limited to 12. I will let those who register know by Sunday, July 16 if there is sufficient registration to go ahead with the retreat.
▪ Come anytime after 9:30 AM for a 10 AM start.
▪ Church Lake is in Lunenburg County, less than 1.5 hours from Halifax off Exit 11, Hwy 103. Detailed directions will be given to the women who register.
There is no poster or other promo. Just this newsletter, and on my website.
Feel free to share if there's someone you want to invite.
You probably know by now if this is something you need, so there's not a lot of advance notice to register. Let's just do it.
The retreat is only three weeks away.
It's a rain or shine event. (The sound of rain on the cabin roof is very relaxing. Yes, there's a fireplace.)
Advance registration by July 14 and pre-payment only please.
There is no on-site registration.
Minimum of 6 women, limited to 12. I will let those who register know by Sunday, July 16 if there is sufficient registration to go ahead with the retreat.
Come anytime after 9:30 AM for a 10 AM start.
Church Lake is in Lunenburg County, less than 1.5 hours from Halifax off Exit 11, Hwy 103. Detailed directions will be given to the women who register.

Saturday, July 22

Workshop: 10AM to 1PM

Followed by Pot Luck Lunch

Open afternoon at the cabin

Cost: $60

Register by Friday, July 14

HAP's Log Cabin by Church Lake

Big Rock at CLLC
91 Church Lake Lane-A
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The Back Story

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Click here for the back story on how my mind works!!

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Whether these shifts are imposed by the hand life deals us, or freely chosen as a natural part of growing and evolving, it is a great pleasure to be of service to strong, beautiful, smart, courageous women.

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