I am sitting in the waiting room between the first part of my life and the second. A space with cream colored walls and carpet and a fireplace run by a light switch. It’s quiet here in this respite room as I wait for the universe to throw open the next door. I breathe and listen to my own heart beat. My lesson here is rest. Learning to balance rest, work, and play. I am plenty good at the work and play part, not so much with the rest. I am forced to learn rest before I can move on. It is imperative to the creation and success of our next ventures.
I will be forty-two next week. I am thankful for each and every birthday as I know how precious they are no matter the age. Perhaps I will be sitting on a beach or running about the San Diego zoo or strolling a really fresh farmer’s market. I know not, open to adventure, we fly out Tuesday to stay with our friends, Lisa and Steve, who graciously opened their home to us. We are taking the opportunity to travel some this year before we have to find farm sitters again!
I am really listening to myself in the silence. I am highly sensitive person. I have to be careful what I watch or read as it can completely change my heart rate, ignite fear, create chaos. I close my eyes and meditate on nothing, or love, or acceptance, or peace as I look out beyond the crows to the snow bound mountains and the low lying clouds that embrace. I stretch into yoga poses, more flexible and getting stronger than I have been in a long time. I have written poetry and gratitude every day since the beginning of the year and my poetry collection is growing into an anthology of my life. I recognize myself more, I embrace change, I look forward to the future, but I embrace today. Even the dishwasher and dryer (which I still could do without).
The highlight of this beautiful apartment is the garden tub. The first I have fit in at nearly six feet tall. It is wide in girth and long and luxurious as I rest my neck against its back and meld into the warm water in the warm bathroom with candles lit. My spirit resetting at each wave of water and each meditation prompt, and each yoga move, and each delicious clean dish served from my kitchen. A lovely interim.
The Luxury Bath
As the bath is filling, light candles. Let there be silence, it is mesmerizing.
To water add a good drizzle of oil, such as olive, apricot kernel, avocado, sunflower, et cetera.
Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to balance the PH of the body.
Add 1/2 cup of fine sea salt.
Rest in bath and pour a bit of your favorite (not volatile or hot) essential oil under the pouring water. I particularly love rose, lavender, jasmine, and/or orange depending on my mood.
Breathe and rest completely.
Rest, I am learning, is as important as work and play.
(You can type “A Walk in the Vineyards” in the Search and find our week of adventures in Napa Valley and San Francisco with Steve and Lisa from a few years ago.)