Mother Nature, Words of Wisdom, and a Fairy SanctuarySeptember 30, 2015
You never know what gems await you when you venture out into the world.
I spent last weekend at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, and my mind, body and spirit drank in all kinds of goodness.
I’ve been to Omega many times over the years and always breathe a sigh of relief when I arrive. It’s like camp for adults because, well, it used to be a camp and still looks like one.
There are cabins, dormitories, camping, a mess hall (aka cafeteria), and acres of blessed woods and a lake.
A welcome sight, coming from Jersey City.
Mother Nature, Words of Wisdom, and a Fairy Sanctuary
I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to smell pine trees and breathe in the clean crisp air as I was this year, having barely tolerated a hot, humid, dusty and construction-laden summer.
I love sitting down to meals and meeting new people. The kindest seekers seem to gravitate to this place.
I heard stories of grief, loss, determination, exploration, elevation, and miracles, told with open hearts, humor and grace.
All this while eating delicious locally grown food.
In the most perfect setting.
You’ve probably noticed that I’m forever quoting poet, spiritual teacher, and storyteller, Mark Nepo. Well, his workshop, based on his book “The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be” was the reason for my Omega visit.
Sometimes we actively seek out a teacher. Sometimes they’re thrust upon us. And sometimes they serendipitously appear out of the blue.
Such was the case for me with Mark Nepo. I was watching Super Soul Sunday one day last year and saw his interview with Oprah. I was mesmerized by his grace, his authenticity, his humbleness and his incredibly beautiful words of wisdom.
The short daily entries have become my daily soul breakfast.
Each day I read Mark’s words, so poetic and true, with my morning tea. And I sigh, always in agreement of the truth he has placed before me.
I’ve only met him once, and may never meet him again, but Mark Nepo has become my teacher. In his humbleness, Mark would probably say that all of us are as much his teachers as his students.
I have been devouring his books and audio recordings, feeding my heart and soul and feeling so blessed to have found this teacher at this particular time in my life.
I offer you a few gems from Mark Nepo. Perhaps his words will resonate with you, too.
“Poetry is the unexpected utterance of the soul.”
“You can’t conquer fear. You can only let it pass through like wind through a tree.”
“When we can follow what moves us, we break open what is possible and the light of the soul spills out of us.”
“Authentic living begins with our acceptance of what we’re given.”
“If you try to comprehend air before breathing it, you will die.”
“The time has come to put our stones down.
For hands clutching stones can’t freely drum.
And hearts fisting the past can’t freely sing.”
“Repetition is not failure,
Ask the waves, ask the leaves, ask the wind.”
Thank you, Mark Nepo.
One last share about my weekend. Many of you know about my affinity for fairies. You know who you are. If I had a dollar for every person, friend and stranger alike, who has told me I look like a fairy, I have fairy energy, etc. I’d be a wealthy woman.
I’ve even noticed my ears look strangely pointed, especially in photographs. 🙂
Perhaps it’s the reason I somehow feel at home when I visit the woods (although I’ve been a city girl my whole life). Who knows?
Anyway, after I arrived at Omega and put my things in my room, I went for a walk – heading down to the lake.
As I walked down the path, something made me glance to the left where my eyes beheld the sweetest little fairy sanctuary someone had built under a tree.
It wasn’t a big tree, I could have easily missed it, as most people I mentioned it to, had.
But there it was, a home for the wee ones, and a spot for us humans to sit and contemplate fantasy vs. reality, and the wonders of Mother Nature.