March 2-5, 2019-
This past weekend brought the beginning of our Nineteen-Day Fast, abstaining from food and beverages between sunrise and sunset, March 2-20 (most years), for those in good health between the ages of 15-70. This year’s Fast is a bit complex for me, due to travel that will interrupt the practice (Baha’u’llah excuses the traveler; women who are pregnant, nursing, or in their courses; the seriously ill and those engaged in heavy physical work).
I made good use of the weekend, participating in a seed education program, with one of the community groups in which I’m involved: Slow Food-Prescott. I am no expert on seeds, but I can still help with set-up and breakdown of the hall. I also re-learned a lot about plants- seeds, as opposed to spores, and the various aspects of germination.
Sunday brought me back to Phoenix, for a large music festival: McDowell Mountain Music Festival, ironically not held in Scottsdale, but in downtown Phoenix’s Hance Park. Two Drum Circles and time with a vibrant and highly artistic friend made the whole event worth the drive.
There was a most diverse group sitting in on the drum circles.
This English band, Maribou State, was giving the last performance of its current tour. It was their first visit to Phoenix.
My friend was very busy with hoop dancing, and had been at it for three days straight.
I headed back to Prescott in a prudent manner, and have had a good couple of days at work, this week. Today marked the eighth anniversary of Penny’s passing. I stopped at the gravesite on Sunday, prior to attending the Music Festival. I was thus able to properly mark our connection, with a vase of white carnations, which were her favourite flower, and time in quiet reflection. She loved drumming and had great respect for hoop dancers, so my participation in the former and encouraging Pam and some young women in the latter, was an homage as well.
Most important, though, I have continued with two of our shared passions: Educating special needs children and advocating wellness. I have, if all goes well, two years after this, in full time education. Wellness, though, will be part of my life until it’s time to head beyond. Essential oils and living a healthy lifestyle are the foundation of my thriving.
In a few short days, I head to South Korea, for the formal wedding of Aram and Yunhee, a return to Jeju and renewing my ties to one of our blessed homes together. The blessings always outweigh any hardships.