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Coming Down to Earth

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What I have been learning about this week is settling back into myself and feeling more firmly grounded in the present. For a couple of weeks I have been making plans for running some courses in Australian Bush Flower Essences for the general public in the second half of this year.  And oh boy have I taken myself on a magical ride of what-ifs, maybes and if onlys.  Being a perfectionist from way back and an over-analyser to boot, I have gotten myself all tied up in knots over venue choices, course format, times and dates.  I have also gone from organising one community-based Bush Essence Course in Fremantle, to running three in different parts of the state complete with introductory talks in each location six weeks before the courses commence.  Now, I still believe that all this is possible, but I feel I may have put the cart before the horse since I haven’t even fully learned the course material yet (there’s that perfectionist).

I suppose what is at the root of all this indecision, procrastination, or if you like, paralysis by analysis, is a degree of anxiety about stepping into this new role.  I have absolute confidence in my ability to talk knowledgeably about the Bush Essences, it’s all the unknown variables that trip me up.  How many people will book in?  What sort of people will they be?  How will they like the course?  Will they like me?  Now I realise this is all just part of the new adventure I am embarking upon and perhaps I just need to remember to trust that all will be well.  But even when making what should be a straightforward choice between a venue with a great natural outlook or built in audio-visual equipment I am stumped.

It is said these days that a great source of anxiety in modern life is too much choice.  For example, if I lived in a small town where the only course venue available was the local town hall, then that would be simple, I would just go ahead and book it.  We find ourselves in many situations these days where we are offered a staggering array of choice from selecting a packet of biscuits or breakfast cereal in the supermarket, to choosing a phone plan or internet service provider.  It’s exhausting!

The tiny white flower featured in the photo above is the Sundew.  The Sundew Essence helps us to feel more grounded and able to focus on the present moment.  It is perfect for times when we are feeling overwhelmed by choice and prone to procrastination and daydreaming rather than taking action ( I just went and took some).

Since I now make all my choices using intuitive guidance, this really shouldn’t be such a big deal.  I think I just need to slow down a little and take one step at a time, knowing I have people and spiritual support around me to pull it all together.  Getting carried away with the endless possibilities doesn’t always serve us in creating something that reflects our own true essence.   It all comes back to knowing that I am enough.  You are enough too.

Blessings

Tricia

Simply Elegant Healing

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Well it seems our long hot summer in Perth has finally broken.  Today is rainy, windy and much cooler than the 34 degrees we had two days ago.  It’s almost one year since we moved into our current home and I’m not sure what it is about anniversaries, but over the past few days, memories of our old house and feelings of sadness about leaving it have emerged.  This feels a little odd because I’ve hardly felt sad at all since making the move last year.  I guess I am experiencing that strong unconscious link to the time of year a significant event has happened that connects us quite viscerally to memories of it.  Perhaps when there has been a feeling of loss this enables our inner being to process the grief and sadness in yearly cycles, allowing us to acknowledge the feelings that still remain little by little, rather than all in one overwhelming outpouring.

Yesterday I listened to yet another wonderful web-seminar by the team at Healing with the Masters and received what certainly felt like an instant healing.  Jennifer McLean was interviewing a woman named Jacqueline Joy who spent more than 20 years developing an energy healing technology that works absolute wonders and can be received via a visualisation meditation or by going to her website, Diamond Alignment and playing the free Diamond Alignment Activation.  I won’t try to describe what it is or how it works, you can read about it on her site if you are interested.  I am mentioning it today because two days ago I was suffering from the effects of what was probably a virus.  I had a fever, no appetite, was lethargic and weak.  Yesterday morning I felt a little better but was moving much more slowly than usual.  At around 11.00am I sat down to listen to the interview and receive the energy transmission that accompanies it (don’t ask, I hardly know how to explain it myself but in the world of energy healing, it’s certainly possible).   Jacqueline also led a guided meditation at the end of the session.  Put simply, as soon as I had completed the meditation I felt a lot better, I then had lunch and did one of Ian White‘s guided meditations from a CD I have.  By the end of the day I was feeling better than ever and proceeded to cook a roast dinner, deliver Harry to footy training and pick him up and attend a fundraising meeting with parents from the children’s school in the evening.  I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a rapid recovery before.

My only qualification on this, is that I have been receiving energy healing in the form of kinesiology, Australian Bush Flower Essences, sessions with the healer I currently see and a few energy transmissions from speakers like Jo Dunning, Jacqueline Joy and Sonia Choquette over many years.  Also, when I work with the energy of the people who come to see me, I get energetic clearings while helping them.  So, I guess you could say, I am, tuned in to this sort of healing and my inner being welcomes it with open arms.  For those of you new to these ideas, the effect may not be as instant or dramatic but it also could be too.  The wonderful thing about these new forms of energy work is that anyone can benefit from them.  Having an open mind and heart helps, but neither are essential.

Happy healing

Love

Tricia

Just Sing!

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My aim with this post is to keep it a lot shorter.  Let’s see how that goes…My holiday themed year continued last weekend when we traveled to Margaret River to spend time with two gorgeous families who have made the shift from Perth to the country.  Here is a snap of April with her friends climbing on rocks at Gracetown Beach.

This week I went along to a wonderful evening of community song with composer and singer Chris James.  I have a couple of his CDs of inspirational and healing music which I use to create a peaceful energy in our home and also to play while I am seeing people for energy balancing and flower essence consultations.  On Tuesday night we all (over 100) crowded into a hot and stuffy hall in North Fremantle and then after only a few minutes of guidance from Chris, proceeded to sing in perfect tune with one another.  This felt amazing and sublimely sacred.  I shed a few tears of joy and gratitude and then proceeded to soak it in as fully as I could.  It felt to me and perhaps to many of my fellow singers that the time has truly come for us to join together as humans on this planet and see how we are the same.  Hearing how we were able so quickly and effortlessly to harmonise with one another was so uplifting.  I see it as a metaphor for our world. From his loving intention to help people find their natural singing voice, Chris James creates little communities of harmony, peace and joy.  What an inspiring way to live!

So, when in doubt, take in some soft, gentle breaths and sing from your heart.  It’ll make you happy!

Good day to you all.

Love and musical blessings

Tricia

Keep Your Mind Open to Get the Good Stuff

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Hello everyone.  Thanks for spending this time reading my message for today.  This week I have been learning – quicker and more thoroughly than usual – the value of rest and recuperation.  I have had a busy time over the last four weeks or so meeting three or four new clients each week.  This has been wonderful and I have noticed an acceleration in the development of my intuitive skills and spiritual awareness over this period.  The week away in Rottnest was a lovely break, but being away from home and out of my usual routine is a little stressful for me and often puts me out of balance physically.  I clearly still need to learn a lot more about letting go and relaxing when on holiday.  Towards the end of our trip my itchy eyes problem flared up again and I have spent the last six days calmly trying to remedy it and understand from a mind/body perspective what triggers this reaction.

Asking for information about this in meditation gave me some clues but it didn’t feel like the whole picture.  Yet again my inquiring mind got the better of me as I tried to place the messages I received in meditation into the framework I had already formed in my mind.  It all became much clearer to me yesterday morning and I devoted my day to being outside in the fresh air, doing my first yoga class in three months and having a long meditation session.  Today my eyes are much improved and hopefully I will wake up tomorrow morning minus the bags and extra wrinkles.

Sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, as it prevents us from seeing each day, person and event with fresh eyes.   How often do you find that you have made up your mind about a particular issue only minutes or even seconds after it has come into your awareness?  I feel it is a natural part of human nature to make sense of and categorize information as quickly as possible, as this makes us feel safe and secure.  Once we ‘know’ how we feel or think about a person, idea or situation we seem to make a choice to either engage with it or reject it.  Engaging usually results in us feeling emotions like empathy, sympathy, compassion, love, admiration and enthusiasm.  When we reject a person, idea or event by judging them as wrong or bad we are separating ourselves from them and effectively saying, “this is not me and I can not identify with it/him/her”.  My message for today is that we are all everyone and everything. Inside each of us there is the potential for every emotion, thought and behaviour that any human being has ever displayed.  This is important because when we feel love, acceptance and compassion for others on this planet we raise our own and the planet’s capacity to feel love and peace.  We are all connected and can all support one another to live better lives.

The Australian Bush Flower Essence for prejudice and judgement without prior experience is  Freshwater Mangrove Essence .  The Bush Essence for increasing our understanding that we are all one and that we are all supported by universal love is Sydney Rose.  Feel free to click through to the website to learn more.

Love to you all

Tricia

Full Moon Reinvention and Renewal

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Happy full moon!  I hope you all saw it last night, so mesmerisingly beautiful.  Before I go on though, my apologies for the lateness of this blog.  We were at Rottnest Island for a family holiday last week and I missed my usual Thursday blog session.  We had a lovely relaxing break with some great friends and all our children.  Much swimming, cycling, reading, laughing and eating was done and we are now making the adjustment back to normal life.

Harry in quiet repose at sunset on Rotto

During our holiday I finished reading Eat, Pray, Love. I think I was probably the last woman aged between 30 and 50 in the developed world to have read it but I feel everything happens in perfect time.   I loved this book and took a lot of comfort from Elizabeth Gilbert’s starkly honest portrayal of her travails, both geographical and emotional.  I took comfort because the book I have written (although yet to be completed or published) about my life as a new mother facing the challenge of reinventing myself to live a life that reflects who I truly am, has meant sharing some pretty brutal facts about who I was, in order to flesh out the changes I have been through.  What I love about the process of revealing oneself in the written form though, is knowing that the less perfect we are, the better others can relate to us and connect to our story.  I have found this again and again in the massive array of self-help and spiritual books I have read in the last 20 years.  When authors such as the inspiring Miranda Holden, share the essential human-ness of themselves by describing the low points in their lives, as well as how they recovered and moved forward, we as readers can offer our silent compassion and feel a connection to this person though their pain.  Let’s face it, we’ve all got stories.

One of the personal development tools I have used over the years is journal writing.  There are many ways of keeping a journal.  Most people do it sporadically, when they are going through a difficult time or during a wonderful time such as on a holiday.  Another approach to take, and one recommended by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way (click to go to her website), is to use journal writing as a gradual process of uncovering one’s true self.  Julia recommends writing three pages upon waking every morning, preferably for months at a time.  Her approach is based on the concept that the first two pages are filled with the ego-based nonsense that keeps us stuck in repetitive patterns of self-doubt and self-defeating behaviours.  It is in the third page of writing that the conscious mind, having vented all the pain and frustration held there, relaxes and the soul gets to have its voice.  I did this for only a short time (I’m sorry to admit) when I first read this book about five years ago, and found it very useful.  This practice inspired me to enrol in my first creative writing course and I have been enjoying writing on and off ever since.

The times of the full and new moons are a wonderful opportunity to begin a new practice or let go of an old habit.  I’m feeling that it’s time for me to reinstate this ritual in my morning routine.

Happy writing and reading,

Tricia

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of Heart-Felt Living

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Hello!  It’s good to be back home from my little sojourn in rainy Noosa.  The course was really worthwhile and I met some amazing and lovely women.  So much fun for me to be in a room with so many like-minded souls who don’t bat an eye if you tell them one of your spirit guides was with you in meditation that morning.  Heavens, that sort of information is quite pedestrian.  The teacher asked for a show of hands to establish how many people in the group can see auras and around a third of the class indicated in the affirmative.  I am really excited about these sorts of skills and loved hearing the channeled information some of the women received in our group meditations.  Lots of fun.

The decision to spend the money to travel to Noosa from Perth to do this course brought up some conflicting feelings in me.  My ever-supportive husband said, “if you want to go, go”.   And at first it felt like a no-brainer.  After all, I have had the intuitive knowledge that I would become a Bush Essence teacher for 18 months.  But then my logical, over-analytical mind kicked in with messages like, “well, you know you haven’t been earning any money lately, how can you justify this spending?” and “do you really have what it takes to promote yourself and deliver these courses?”.  Hmm, does your mind sometimes do this to you?  Even though I live mainly by following my intuition these days, old habits are very hard to break, and when I am under stress (did I mention I’m a nervous traveller?), the shy, cautious, wall-flower in me tries to pull me back into line.  I am so very glad I overcame this limiting voice inside me, because  as soon as I settled into the training room with my fellow students last Friday morning, I felt a sense of belonging and my heart said, “YES! These are my people!”

This week has been a very busy week, getting back into mum mode and seeing more new clients.  Ha! My income is growing every week now.  Finally, it feels like my four year apprenticeship is over and I can truly step into my power to be of service to others.   It is a wonderful feeling to be aware that you are aligned with your true purpose in this lifetime and to have the freedom to live it.  I feel so very grateful.

Tuning into your intuition can be as simple as sitting quietly with your breath.  Take some deep breaths down into your tummy and gently tell yourself to “let go, let go, let go”.  This takes some practice, but once you are familiar with your body and your breath, you will experience distinctly different feelings in your body when you contemplate certain decisions you would like to make.  For most of us there is a particular area in the body we could describe as our feeling centre.  For some it is around the heart, it could also be beneath the ribs in the solar plexus or down in our lower abdomen.  When you are connected to your feeling centre, it will let you know by a tensing or relaxing of muscles in that region, how you really feel about any topic you care to think about.  Give it a try, it’s sometimes a scary way to live but ultimately more rewarding than being slaves to our pre-programmed minds.

The Bluebell Essence is a wonderful heart-opening and expanding flower essence and is a stunning flower too!

Love and learning

Tricia

Mum Breaks Free! (it’s just four nights)

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Bottlebrush in Fremantle

I’m writing my blog early this week, as early tomorrow morning I hop in a taxi and zoom to the airport to fly to Noosa in Queensland to attend three days of training to become a teacher in Australian Bush Flower Essence courses.  I’m stuck somewhere between: Yay!! and Oh, my golly gosh, this sort of solo travel to somewhere I have never been sort of scares me!  Ah well, I’m on the home stretch to take off now and I’m pretty excited to be getting away on my own and to learn about stuff that I really, truly love.

In preparing for little trips like this it always amazes me how complicated running a household and getting two kids to school and home each day suddenly seems when the person who normally does it all is absent.   The amount of brain power that has gone into ensuring (fingers crossed) the next few days run smoothly for the family has been about the same as organising my whole trip!  The strain has come from having to think analytically about what I actually do and what needs to be arranged to keep everything happening as per usual.  In one slightly surreal moment I had to phone my friend who is having my daughter after school tomorrow to ask her what street number her house is, as my husband hasn’t been there before and he is picking her up.   I have been there many times in the two years she has lived there, but I didn’t have the number written down anywhere.  Removing myself from my children’s lives for even four days is a very odd experience and makes me feel like I have been living in a sort of alternate universe where what I do for the family is now so much a part of me, it is taken for granted even by me.  Of course, I happily choose this role and my husband works hard at his job.  This time away just highlights how firmly delineated our roles are at the moment.

The Bush Essence for mother/child bonding and adapting smoothly to change as our children grow, is the Bottlebrush  Essence (photo above).  This week I have been taking the Gymea Lily Essence to help me to step forward confidently in following my life purpose.

February was a lovely month for me as I came to the end of my recent ‘new client drought’ and saw a new client every week.  I actually earned some money and it feels really good.  March has begun well too as I saw another new client today.  What triggered this new influx of people to my door was a visit from Adelaide of a good friend from mothers’ group who, while she was here, recommended me to a couple of her friends.  In preparing to see the first of these friends I came to the decision to change the way I would conduct the session and do away with the massage table.   Instead I did the whole session; counselling,  energy work and flower essence selection, with us both seated at my kitchen table and it seemed to work really well.  The funny thing is, I have been toying with the idea of not getting clients to lie down on the table for months now, but didn’t have the confidence to make the change.  It wasn’t until I had had a couple of months over the school holidays of seeing no clients at all that this suddenly felt OK to me.

Also, I have been getting on with finishing my book and writing with greater ease and clarity than ever before.  So, there you are, everything happens in the right way in the right time when we ask for this from God.  It has been a powerful strain on my patience but that again is something I need to learn more about.  I’ll report next week on my time in Noosa and will no doubt have a tale to tell of my further enlightenment.  Travel does expand the mind so!

Love to you all

Tricia

Wise Women I Have Known

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I’ve just finished listening to a very validating and heart-warming tele-seminar by Christine Kloser  (click here for a link to listen for the next 24 hours) talking about her transformation over the past six months from ego-driven business woman, who thought she was living a spiritually aware life to – via a series of personal and business crises – really, truly living an authentically spiritual life and one that better reflects who she really is.  Wow, that was a long sentence.  I have been observing Christine’s journey from a great distance both geographically (she lives in the United States), and philosophically, as although one of my goals is to one day earn a great living doing work I love, I definitely do not fit the category of “entrepreneur” or even “conscious entrepreneur”, as Christine has described herself in the past.

What has kept me tuned into Christine over the past 18 months via her tele-seminars and email newsletters, has been simply a feeling of resonance with her as a person.  I have benefited from the information she has shared about writing a book in order to share your passion and to be of service to others.  She has inspired me with meditations, interviews with spiritually-minded authors and simply by sharing the ups and downs of her life.  I owe a lot of the confidence I have in writing these blogs to Christine and the other women I access in my on-line community around the world, including my wonderful friend Sue Papadoulis, without whom this part of my journey would not have even commenced.  Sue has also been through a  personal and business transformation (slightly less dramatic than Christine’s) in the past few months and is expressing herself with more ease and authenticity as a result.

My message today is that although both Sue and Christine have been on quite different paths to the one I have traveled, in their generous sharing of their experiences and knowledge, they have shown me how it is possible to be a mother and to also create a successful business which allows you to express yourself and help others to improve their lives.  This is all about gut feeling and leaving judgement (of them and myself) completely out of the picture.  I can feel the sincerity and love in both of these women’s hearts when they speak and I can appreciate that for them, unlike me, achieving in their work and earning money are strong drives.  They are amazing women with more energy than I could hope to have and they have taught me so much.  The challenge for us all in learning from others, is to take on board the information that really resonates with us and to have patience with ourselves when what somebody else is doing looks incredible, and we want what they have, yet we just can’t see ourselves in that role.  Time has shown me that when we ask for what is Divinely right in Divinely right time and then go with our instincts, things all turn out for the best.

Dive in to yourself!

Love

Tricia

What is Your Therapy?

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I have a confession to make.  Writing this blog is my therapy.  Well, to be honest, it’s just one of my many therapies.  When I write I feel thoughtful, inspired, creative and also relieved to be sharing my thoughts and feelings with you all.  THANK YOU for reading!  If me saying thanks isn’t enough, then feel free to send me an invoice.  I’m joking of course, but take a moment to think about this.  What’s your therapy?  What do you do every day to make you happy?  I get up in the morning, put on a song and have a little dance.  Cue visual image of me dancing around in daggy pyjamas or my underw… No, on second thought, cancel that one.  Dancing makes me feel good and makes for a great start to my day.  Other things I do regularly in my week are;  have at least one coffee and catch up with a friend, meditate, sing, go walking, go swimming at the beach (strictly a summer activity for me), go outside and look at the sunset every night and go outside again each night before I go to bed, to look at the stars and the moon if its around and say a prayer.  Here is a photo I took last year while on holiday in Broome.  Ahhh, breathe it in.

Sunset on Cable Beach, Broome

Lately, I’ve also been going to Song Circle most weeks and I’m working out whether I can also fit in a dance class or get back into yoga, which I’ve let slip since the Summer holidays.  These little practices are things I have realised over time are great for me to do, and easy for me to include in my day because I love them.  Although beware, if you are thinking about an activity or practice you could do to become happier, healthier and calmer and the word ‘should’ pops into your mind, have a really good ‘feel’ (not think – listen to your heart) about whether this is something you would really love doing.  When we take up a form of exercise, interest or spiritual practice that we don’t love, we often don’t get very much benefit from it and we usually fail to stick to our plan of doing it regularly.  Humans are amazing self-sabotagers when the choices we make are not aligned with our hearts.   So, when you get a stirring in your soul to take up latin dance, give it a go, but don’t punish yourself if you decide it’s not your thing.  Want to get fit but hate running, gyms and sport?  Find a way to get the health and happiness you seek while having fun.  You know what it is, you just need to listen to your heart.  Take a moment right now.  Sit with your feet on the floor, close your eyes and take some deep breaths and gently ask yourself, “what would I love to do every day?” The answer may surprise you.

I sat down to write this blog today with a heavy heart and a headache from crying quite a bit this morning at the funeral of little Elliot Parish.  It was a beautiful service but incredibly heart wrenching to witness the despair on the faces of his parents as they walked into the cathedral to farewell their son in the loving presence of their family and friends.  What even his parents are able to see though, is the amazing impact this gorgeous little child had on so many people in his too-short, four years of life.  They are two of the most inspiring people around and to some extent, they have been made so by this terrible experience.  I imagine every person in that church today wishes for them that this tragedy had not occurred but alas, it has.   And we as a part of their community of friends can only watch on with love and compassion, ready to give a hug, a meal or for me, a flower essence, to help ease the pain just a little.  Please hold them in your hearts in prayer before you go to sleep tonight.  Every little light shining in the darkness makes a difference.

Love and light

Tricia

In Good Times and Bad

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Wow! What a day of contrasts it has been.  This morning I, and all the parents and teachers at my childrens’ school heard the very sad news that one of the precious little sons of one of the families in our school community passed away last night.  He and his family endured 18 long and agonising months of treatment for brain and spinal tumours discovered in his body as a two year old.  Although I feel so very grateful that his soul is now free of the pain and illness he suffered through so bravely, I shed tears of heartfelt loss when I imagine how difficult it must have been for his parents to have had to say goodbye to their beautiful child.  And what a long road they must now walk to begin, however slowly, to move forward with their lives as a family without their littlest brother.

As I digested this news and kept control of my tears while walking home from school this morning, I felt a draining of energy and a kind of heaviness descend over me.  When I got home I  busily hung some washing, put on another load, watered the pot plants and did some tidying up.  Through all this activity I could feel the need to cry just below the surface, but by keeping busy, I was able to block it.

Before I had even got home though, the idea that I needed to get down on the floor and do some yoga stretches had come to me.  So once my chores were done, I got out the yoga mat and stretched out on the floor on my back.  As soon as I had taken my first deep breath, the crying started.  I had a good sob for a couple of minutes and felt the heaviness lift a little.  I’m still feeling weighed down and I’m finding myself frowning as I write, but the intensity of my sadness for this amazing family has shifted into a desire to send them love, healing and compassion.

The Australian Bush Flower Essence that assists in times of great turmoil and crisis is the Waratah (pictured above).  I am imagining a giant Waratah flower hovering above their home, soothing them and reassuring them at this most traumatic of times.

I think many of us fall into the habit of using activity and busyness to push away strong feelings when something upsetting happens.  While this can be functional in the short term, if we don’t eventually stop and consciously devote some time to letting these feelings out, we can end up with mental and physical health problems.  One of the definitions of depression is, sadness turned in on oneself.  Not everybody cries easily but for those of you who do, make sure you allow yourself the time and place to do this when you need to.  If crying is not an outlet for you then work out what is.  It might be yoga, walking, running, writing swimming, talking to a friend, meditating, praying or simply sitting staring out the window.  Ideally, it is something you do alone, or with one other person you can truly open up with.  This gives your inner self the feeling of safety it needs to express itself fully.

While I am still feeling sad, I am also feeling really excited because today I received all the information I needed to book my flights and accommodation for a course to become an Australian Bush Flower Essence teacher in Queensland in a couple of weeks.  When I have finished the course I will be qualified to teach Bush Essence courses in natural therapy colleges in Perth.  This is a goal I have had for more than two years, so it is lovely for me to see it coming to fruition.  Yay!

Something I am gradually learning is that good and bad can come all at the same time, and that we are capable of holding all the feelings that come out of any experience together in our hearts, when we are tuned in to how we really feel.  My kids even know this.  They said to me on the first day back at school last week that they were feeling excited and nervous at the same time.  If it makes sense to them, then I guess it’s OK that today I am feeling so very sad for our friends and happy and excited about my trip all at the same time.

Love and compassion to you all

Tricia