Gazing into the abyss, or in my case the Rocky Mountains, my soon to be adventure begins in a few days. I am leaving my home and family for one month to begin a journey at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat Center in Rollinsville, Colorado. There, I will receive my 200 hour teacher training in Shambhava Yoga.
This yoga focuses on body awareness, selfless service, alignment, and meditation.
My days will begin at 5:30 a.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Shoshoni is its own spiritual community with organic gardens, sustainably heated cabins, miles of hiking trails, three temples with amazing sacred art and at 8,500 feet above Boulder, the view is spectacular!! My accommodations will be a small hut with a twin bed and desk. No electricity, and wifi in the main lodge. I will be enjoying three vegetarian meals a day, which if you are busy mom like me, not having to make dinner or even think about it is wonderful!
For me, this whole experience is a dream come true. Last year at this time I spent most of my days sitting, which anyone who knows me knows I don’t sit very much! About three years ago I began having severe hip pain. I saw every type of medicinal professional out there. Western docs, chiropractor, shaman, reiki healer and a few others whose titles I don’t know. What mattered to me was that I did everything I could, except begin to look within. Eventually I received my diagnosis of severe spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative discs and bursitis… YIKES!!!
Needless to say, last November I had a spinal fusion on my L34 and it was extremely successful!!! My neurosurgeon told me that I had a strong core due to yoga. I had a three to six month recovery so what better time to dig deep. I had no excuse not to stick with the practice.
I knew some of this pain was emotional and was very determined to heal myself.
I have dabbled in meditation for years but never stuck with a daily practice until January 6th, 2016. As of today, still going strong and my pain… Well I am honest, I have mostly great days but I know my limits and I know I have to be patient in the healing process.
So where does that leave me? It leaves me with a quiet, a stillness, where I can become completely present and choose how I will react in any given situation.
A joy for moments of nothingness and moments of complete exhilaration. That is where meditation has brought me on my wellness path. So off I go on the beginning of this Shoshoni adventure…. I am expecting it to be a wild ride and for that I am eternally grateful!!!
Until next entry, with some Rocky mountain insight over and out~