moments in life
Sisterhood Circle Uluru Retreat and Kata Tjuta Men’s Journey 2015
…was both a privilege and humbling to be in the presence of the magnificent Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Cave HIll, plant, animal and the animated indigenous whose ancestors, like them, have been deeply committed to taking care of all that is their country. The early crisp mornings brought multi hued skies worth a thousand paintings that would never do justice to the sunrises before us. This awe inspiring land afforded us deep connection, creativity and transformation to say the very least. For many of us it was like coming home, to both the land and the skies. Excited by the sheer beauty of star groups and planets in the multi galaxies through the eyes of our passionate astronomer was a highlight as were the wide open spaces surrounded by mountain ranges 360degrees around coupled with the power of the land that has to be experienced not described. Unsurpassed was the feeling in every cell of the gentle and powerful wisdom of our first nation in deep caves ancestral communities lived and taught in. We were exposed to beautiful open hearted people, including the staff at Yalara, the participants of our Retreat and the indigenous that wanted so much to teach us of their culture at a level we could understand. Bush tucker, cave paintings, as old as 22,000 years and maybe more, and voluptuous curves of weathered sand stone and waterholes, along with the dreamtime stories and the symbolic art that described indigenous life, had us mesmerised.
We were blessed to spend time with Auntie Alison, a quietly spoken indigenous elder whom we all fell in love with. “You are my family” she said. With tears around the table we were moved at the acknowledgement and her commitment to the honoured natural laws of life and her people.
This unforgettable Retreat was equally an honour, a delight and deeply transformational. We beheld the beauty and the power of country that continues to stir the hearts of visitors from all over the globe… The Heart of Australia glowing for all to absorb.
I wrote this about 6 months ago in my favourite cafe in Prahran after another stimulating yoga class. It’s never too late to share inspiring moments…
“I am inspired by people around me today. I sat on the next table, in my favourite cafe this morning, observing two mature Jewish couples meeting for coffee. As they ordered their cappucino’s and lattes, carefully, they immediately began talking to each other about happiness and the flow of life. Of course, I immediately tuned in. In doing so I heard nothing but respect for each other and an authentic enquiry into what inspires their happiness and the true meaning of certain words to really understand each others perspective openly. I thought I’d found the gateway to my ideal new world and entered it.
This was one of those simple but miraculous moments in life. Although I felt a tad intrusive I also considered this moment an honour to be privy to hearts embracing the meaning of life in a grounded and respectful way, with ease and grace.”
Earlier that morning I was equally fortunate to have a conversation with a young woman who authentically shared some recent experiences on her travels that disappointed and dismayed her. As we spoke of what is possible in such circumstances her eyes lit up, and became more and more animated and empowered, as she realized what she can create with who she is as a result of her past experience. I so love observing and sharing in the heart opening phenomena.
My day was already complete, having connected deeply with some beautiful people, and it was only 11 am.
I’d love to hear some of your stories about sharing a heart opening moment, either yours or anyone else’s moment.
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