This has been an over-the-top year! Work is magnified by a commute, a huge need for written curriculum and generous consulting opportunities. I have had major family loss and multiple family illnesses that at times have left me gasping for air. Through this I began to have a reoccurring dream…
In the dream I am in a hut by the ocean, sitting on the porch, overlooking the expanse of sea and listening to the lap, lap, lap of waves. I sit in a beach chair, deeply breathing in salt air, feeling the heat of the sun as I rest in the shade, staring out at the expanse and listening to the repetitive silence of water meeting land. Alone.
I have shared this dream with friends and it has become a conversation piece of sorts. My Cincinnati friend sends me photos of huts and asks me if she can live a couple of huts down from me and be my cabana girl. At a recent gathering another friend decided he wanted to build a hut for me in my home, complete with sand, a beach umbrella, clouds and blue, beach chairs and the sound of waves to lull me into peacefulness. (I like this vision, but I don’t think I am going to kick my son out to realize itJ). Another friend sent me a sign-up for luxurious vacations that features a hut on an exotic foreign island.
The hut continues to call me throughout this year. As I volleyed words for my word of the year, which landed on “spaciousness”, the journey for a word quite honestly began with “hut”. (I see the relation between both words. Even though a hut is small and contained, it is surrounded by open space that is void of clutter.) I was on retreat and built a vision board and smack-dab in the middle of the board I placed my hut.
And the dream reoccurs.
I think I will find a hut sometime this year. A vacation place where I will tune out and tune into my heart that is calling me to this space in the first place. The heart can’t live on vacations alone, though. Until then, I am creating a mini hut-space every day. For at least five minutes I travel through imagination and mindful meditation to that space of salt breezes, indigo skies and rippling waters. There, in my heart hut, I rejuvenate, honoring the dream and my desire for spaciousness in a small and contained space. Alone but not alone at all.
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