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#NaniboujouLadies2019 – Re-entry Into the Real World ….

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We were up.  Packed.  Ready-to-go … BUT NOT REALLY.

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Naniboujou

A lodge upon Superior’s shore

Was but a dream and nothing more

But here upon this gentle hill

The dream comes true a dream that still

Seems more like fantasy than real

Through all the radiant hours I feel

The golden air, the sapphire sea

Bring home eternal truth to me.

For Here the turmoil of the street

And all the stress of hurrying feet

On foolish errands never done

Are known no more from sun to sun 

So-what the world, with its fever heat

When here I find in this lone retreat

My soul once more and all to me

Than life has been, or can ever be.

This poem was found in the Great Falls, Montana library by a Naniboujou guest.      Author Unknown

Each of us had our personal way of saying ‘Goodby’ to Naniboujou.  Mine was walking on the beach.  Standing still.  Letting the waves come to me.  I knew way back when we made our reservation in the winter, June 9th was the anniversary of my little sister, Anna‘s drowning.  50 years ago.  11am.

As I walked Lake Superior’s shore one more time, this stone was sparkling white and called to me.

20190613_081746_HDRI held it to my heart.

And in the sun and the waves, I said my ‘Thank-you’s’. 

To Life, To Fambly, To Friends, To Experiences, To Lessons Learned and Wisdom Gained … To God.

It was time to go.

I headed back to pack the car.  Wow, are we good at packing!  Leslie and I rode together, with AnnMarie floating between Becky’s car and Pam.  I had told my Besties, I wasn’t leaving until a reservation was made for next year … and we all agreed, we needed to look forward to replenishing both body and spirit in this place called Naniboujou.

Reservations are made!!  We WILL BE the #NaniboujouLadies2020.  Yay!!

On our long drive home, we stopped at the Rustic Inn Cafe in Castle Danger, MN.  Our last time sharing a meal together … for a while.

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Me, Leslie, Pam, AnnMarie and Becky.

The sign ‘just happened’ to be there!!

We made it back to Brainerd, dropping AnnMarie off and sharing one more group hug.  Everyone made it home.  Safe and sound.

It was hard.

Re-adjusting.  Sometimes one is ready to go home.  Sometimes … not.  I wasn’t.  Which made me realize, I need more play-time in life!

Wise words from Evans Bowen helped – and good for all of us who return from a travel adventure, trip, pilgrimage – somewhere – away from the 4 walls of home.

“Be gentle with yourself, try to build a little buffer to your return.  You will have laundry and mail and the life you are used to, but you have changed.  You may feel very alone on your return.  That’s okay.  You’re not finished yet.”

The call of the pilgrimage (travel adventure) is actually a call to the home of our authentic self.  

Home is the true destination.  To return home transformed … with a new consciousness.  You have returned your new best self back to the world …”

Yes, we have changed!  Our new best selves are delving into the days and weeks ahead.  This shared experience was priceless.  I have a grateful heart.

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I often say to my clients … and reminded myself:  We can travel the world seeking and find … the longest distance is … between our head and our heart.

I have a grateful heart, indeed.

Thank you so much for following me/us on this adventure!

Do you have a favorite place to get away from it all?  I DO need more play-time!!

Until next time …

Blessings and Love,

Namaste

Debbie

 

 

I Found It! A Treasure Trove of Wisdom

This book is for anyone who is called by Spirit – that whispered voice within – nudging us to go on a sacred journey. A Pilgrimage is both an external journey to a place longed for and an internal journey to the center of our most authentic self.  So … it can be right out your own back door, or … to a holy shrine …  a Camino journey … a bus in Peru … a horse up a mountain … a car dodging crater holes and on-coming traffic in the Himalayan Mountains … you get the idea!

I don’t know Evans Bowen, yet.  I hope someday, I will.  She has traveled all over the world with her eyes, heart and spirit open to all that is sacred … and BEing her authentic self.

I am loving her insight:

“Each of us is called to different places, to different journeys, as we seek our most meaningful and authentic lives. – Pilgrimage is about devotion and initiation and transformation.  It is a journey from one way of seeing to another.  The specifics are be between you and the Divine.”

PILGRIMAGE A Modern Seeker’s Guide, starts with the basics, from explaining the History of Pilgrimage, to the Stages of Pilgrimages.  I appreciated her practical information for first time travelers:

Preparation – Have the right equipment, be physically ready, read up, get your house in order and paper work set, travel arrangements organized – so when the thinking part is done, you are ready to embrace the experience.

You head out the door – your journey is real.  It has begun.  You are officially a Pilgrim!

And then you arrive …

“When that moment comes for you – take a deep breath of thanksgiving.  In can be overwhelming, and it might be different than you imagined.  There can be tears or just quiet joy and wonder.  Sometimes when I get to my destination, all thinking just stops.  My conscious mind is on overload.  It can be a challenge to stay present, the energy can be so overwhelming.  Accept that your reaction is right for you.  Use all your senses to feel, hear, touch, smell and see the magic.”  – Evans Bowen 

After untold magic, you return “Home”, transformed … and begin to integrate the ‘transformed you’, into your life.  It can take you off-guard.  I wish I would have had her advice before leaving on my trip to Nepal.  “Re-entry” for me, was not easy, it took me much longer than I expected to find my balance following my arrival home.

Part 2 – 40 Day Pilgrimages – Here’s where the treasure trove of wisdom really connects!  Evans is incredible with daily spiritual and practical insight.  I found myself not wanting to finish the book, because then it would be over!  Thankfully, mindfully, I am going to enjoy and embrace the daily sacred time this book offers me over the next 40 days.

To summarize PILGRIMAGE A Modern Seeker’s Guide, ( not my words, but perfect!): Combining practical steps for the physical journey and 40 days of inspiration for the spirit, this guide book gives this time-honored journey to the Divine to inform the whole person in our increasingly fragmented world.

Oh, how I hope you will get this 100 page book of wisdom!  You can pre-order:  Click here!  It’s coming out in May.  It’s been an honor to get an advanced copy so I could write this review.  Thank you, Becky Flansburg … you are right, my Spirit resonated with every page.

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