I certainly floated through last week feeling stoned. Must be the disorientation of life without frustration or apathy bearing down upon me. Colleagues have confided in me that they too would leave - if only they could.
If I had any doubts about my decision, that all changed on Friday when I received the shocking and unexpected news that a dear friend, a teacher, mentor and fairy godmother to Cowgirl had passed away. She was only in her early sixties and had taught classes on nutrition, herbs, yoga, meditation and all things geared towards immaculate well-being. The loss to my community is immense; it is equivalent to hearing "Elvis has left the building." That she passed on the evening of the full moon - THE full moon with lunar eclipse and all kinds of cosmic and personal upheavel/shifts - makes total sense. She would be the person to grab a seat on the bullet train into a new dimension, no question about it.
|her spiritual name is Kadambari which means "Intoxicated with Love"
This was the first time Cowgirl met her fairy godmother and the love was instantaneous. My friend was not surprised "Oh, we knew each other before." Indeed, we all had.
Her passing was a reminder not to put off doing those things that pique my curiosity and not to waste time squabbling with one's gremlins and internal nay-sayers. I had a meeting scheduled with her to discuss ideas for classes I wanted to offer at her wellness center. She had new programs coming up and I was thinking maybe now I would have the time to take them. Well, there wasn't time.
So her greatest gift to me may very well be this reminder to make time for that which matters and not squander my time and attention on matters that ultimately are inconsequential. She could be frank and blunt at times and she often counseled "The opportunity is now and if you don't grab it, it will be gone." This in reference to opportunities for inner work, growth, understanding and healing. If she could say anything right now, I believe she would say "It's time to grow up." Indeed, our planet, our societies need us all to grow up, take responsibility and take care of ourselves and each other.
I don't know if I am still in free fall or have landed on strange, new ground. But I feel a certainty within that is rather shocking given my tendency to think and rethink and map out every little thing in an attempt to understand all the angles. As a friend said to me "You leapt, but you considered it very closely." Indeed, I looked over that edge, calculating the distance between me and the ground for a long, long time.
I know in my heart that I am on my path and in addition to leaving my job, I've left behind second-guessing myself and my abilities. That is something my sister/friend always pointed out to me: I did not understand my true light, my true gifts. I still may not know how best to share myself, but I know what I have to offer. The breadcrumb trail is there and I have no qualms about following it to wherever it will lead me.
Meanwhile, I am all aflutter as I finish up my last week (!) on the job and prepare for a big adventure my first day of freedom. I am traveling to New Zealand to soak up the radiance of this wonder woman and as it now turns out, to heal and nurture my self. For some reason, travel always provokes the desire to tie up loose ends, tackling tasks that I've blissfully ignored for months but which now seem oddly pressing. My other travel obsession centers upon packing; somehow it becomes imperative to bring the right shoes and jewelry and books (and coats and art supplies and knitting materials.) Checking out my favorite linen pants to make sure they don't have butt wear (am I the only one who experiences this? The bottoms of well-loved linen pants become a transparent gauze from what? Butt friction? Kundalini energy smoldering?)
As I look to support myself through all these changes, I am grateful for the tools I have gathered: painting, reiki, meditation, dear friends who I can trust to receive my words, hold space for the overflow of feelings and thoughts. My family and the daily practices that root us - bedtime stories, cuddles, and whispers for sweet dreams.
Music and poetry provide more voices counseling and reassuring me. I keep hearing Paul Simon singing "Losing love is like a window on your heart ... everybody sees you're blown apart ... everybody sees the wind blow ..."
I'm bound for graceland and I promise to take pictures and share what I discover on the way.
Jai Bhagwan - victory to the light within us all. Go gently sister Moon ... we'll meet again ... this I know with my whole heart.