Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Back to Reality

I got back last night. It was a long journey that had me delayed in MN (I thought of the very special bloggers I know there) and later circling Atlanta for almost two hours while waiting for permission to land. I was glad of the extra time to assimilate all of last week before reentering my normal life.

What I loved: the endless Montana skies; the crisp, clean air; yellow leaves highlighted against snow-capped, gray mountains; Magpies - who knew they could be beautiful; going to bathe in the Hot Springs and then getting to spend time alone with my sister at her magical home; being "shotgun sally" - fastest sharpshooter in the old west, in a skit; doing art with happy children; reconnecting with amazing friends; meditating every morning; following rather than creating the schedule; listening; and learning. As if that weren't enough, I also really loved the way my hair acted in the dry climate. :)

Arnaud Desjardin is a brilliant, wise, inspiring spiritual teacher, who is now eighty-one years old and still tireless. What inspired me the most was his joyfulness. I highly recommend his books, in particular the book, Jump Into Life.

We have a full house - my sister in law, Christine, is here from NY with her fabulous kids. It is good to be home. I missed my guys.

9 comments:

Angie said...

Good to have you back, Madeline. I'm envious of your retreat and am trying to schedule something for myself soon. As moms and wives, we need it, don't we?

Welcome back.

kelli said...

Ahhhhh.

Welcome back. I'm off to Minneapolis tomorrow, I bet that's where you were in MN ;)

Cami said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I especially like when you said "following rather than creating the schedule", that seems like a holiday in itself. Glad it all went so well for you.

Sara said...

Man, I want to go to Montana. And that sounds like the perfect way to go. Enjoy the family time.

Danielle said...

Whew, so glad you're back. I've gotten used to the regularly blogging Madeline.

mindy said...

Hi...So glad you're home!
Mindy

Blogging Molly said...

I love how hair behaves differently somewhere else. Welcome back.

helenw said...

Yay, back and blogging!

Madeline said...

I am so happy to see you women here! I missed you all and am trying to catch up on your blogs and lives now that I have a little time. So much happens in a week.