April 3, 2016, Prescott- This has been a good weekend. I hiked Segment 4, of Prescott Circle Trail, in two segments, owing to two separate events, that occurred in the middle of each day. Unfortunately, the photo loading feature on my laptop has stopped working, so I will post about my hikes, once that issue is resolved. Maybe after work tomorrow, I can get some answers.
The middle of the afternoon, yesterday, featured a nice performance by some friends from Chino Valley. These are long-time friends, who host a Drum Circle on the second Friday of every month, aHnd an Interfaith Devotional, on the fourth Friday. They were gracious enough to come to Prescott and present on “Peace and Love”, for an hour or so, making the brightness outside enter a spacious apartment clubhouse. The Brehmers always light up a room.
Conversing with friends always makes any meal better-so discourse on matters of the spirit lifted my spirit, whether over angle food cake with berry sauce, on Thursday night, Hawaiian bento, on Saturday night, a casserole breakfast this morning, or Brunch items, this afternoon, before my second hike. One man, near our group, regaled us with his experiences in a Plains sweat lodge. Such experiences are all the more reason for each of us to get out of our comfort zones, in whatever way works best for an individual.
Now, to get to the title topic. For each of the years of this present decade, thus far, I learned:
2010- Six years ago, spent each of my days with my blessed soul mate, in her hospital room, then in our bedroom, when not working to earn my own keep. I learned that most of those in our lives were on our side.
2011- Five years ago, said goodbye to the earthly form of my beloved, saw our son off to his adulthood, and the U.S. Navy, and learned that there was plenty of life ahead for me, on my own.
2012-Four years ago, went many places in honour of Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America, in 1912 and found that my heart could be at home in any number of locations.
2013-Three years ago, learned that there are subconscious attitudes and feelings that need to be brought to the surface, rooted out and swept away. No simple statement of “spiritual quest” can exorcise these. They must be acknowledged, and then sent away. Lastly, one atones.
2014-Two years ago, learned that it is not so difficult to get around on my own, even in unfamiliar places, far from here. Learned also, that amazing experiences happen daily, and that one can make gaffes, learn good lessons on one’s feet, and go on to more amazing experiences.
2015- One year ago, learned that intense connections exist between people who live a continent away, and am able to share in those connections.
2016- My roots are sinking deeper, in terms of spiritual ties to people both here, and throughout the nation and world. It is a joy to learn deeper meditation, and to trust myself to live closer to the land, both at home and while traveling. Above all, I am trusting myself more, also thanks to the meditation techniques being learned.