I recently decided at the last minute to attend a yoga retreat in Northern California. As it turns out, it was one of the better decisions I’ve made in quite some time. It was truly a gift to myself.
The retreat center was located in the mountains in a gorgeous setting near Nevada City, California. People came from all directions, from many different walks of life. Our days were spent practising yoga, meditating, chanting, sharing divine vegetarian cuisine, and uncovering the mysteries of natural medicines through the sciences of aromatherapy and ayurveda. Yep. A hippie chick’s dream.
Spending time with so many other people on healing journeys brought home the idea that we are never really alone in our struggles. Our stories may be different but our challenges and how we deal with them is often a common denominator of being human.
My heart was touched hearing how others were overcoming illness, loss, confusion and loneliness. In that time and space we were connected to each other through compassion and caring and it was a beautiful thing.
There were a few people who I instantly connected with, and it feels as though we will stay in touch and remain in one another’s orbits for a while. We shared great conversation, laughter and tears and I suspect we will see each other again in a similar setting in the not too distant future. In my view, there really are no accidents. We cross paths with certain people for a reason, and it is interesting to watch the lessons around such meetings unfold as the days pass.
This experience brought many emotions and thought patterns to the surface (as kundalini yoga frequently tends to do!) and it felt a lot like taking out the mental trash. How wonderful to do it in a supportive environment where others totally get what’s going on because they are experiencing it too.
I will definitely be saving my pennies to embark on more journeys like this in the future. Annual spring cleaning of the soul? Sounds like a grand idea.