I will be in the Pacific Northwest of the United States this week. I went high school near Tacoma, WA and spent my college years in Portland, OR. This is my first trip back in a while. I am looking forward to vising the area for a friends wedding. It will be so fulfilling to see friends and family. I can’t wait for all the hugs and laughter and catching up story telling late into the night. I don’t plan on sleeping much while I’m there!
What I do plan on doing is experience as much as possible. I often refer to my “new eyes” meaning the way I see the world since I’ve become a spiritual person. When I lived in the northwest I didn’t fully appreciate the beauty of the region. The physical landscape of Oregon and Washington are hard to surpass. I got married in the Columbia River Gorge which is more profoundly beautiful than any church I’ve been to in Europe and America combined!
I am looking forward to waking up early and practicing yoga in the fresh northwest air. I can’t wait to meditate at the top of Multnomah Falls. Even if just for a few minutes I think it will rejuvenate my Spirit!
It’s not just the natural beauty, but once again the people. The people I will see are some of the most wonderful people I know. My friends from college and high school who have supported and loved me through so many times, both difficult and joyful! My Mom and step-Dad who are always there for me when I need them and so excited to see me, too! There will be babies, oh so many babies to kiss and hold and cuddle and play with!
I will hug all of my loved ones with ferocity! I will breathe in their scents and feel their skin against mine. I will experience all that my senses (and propriety) will allow me to take in! I pray that I will be allowed a moment with each person to tell them how special they are to me. Even if it is just a wink or a brief whisper, or an extra long hug. I hope that I will be able to convey in the short time I am there how grateful I am to know each one of them.
I will travel with the Spirit and allow it to fill me up wherever I go! Hooray for vacations! Let’s make our whole lives like a vacation!