The mountain can be a treacherous place and is incredibly unforgiving. The winds today were hurricane levels… ferocious and skin piercing. I am having a difficult time with my climbing and breathing today. Today I am also thinking about LOVE. I am missing my loved ones and wondering how they are spending this beautiful day of love. Hoy es el dia de amor y Amistad… Happy Valentines Day. Today is the day of lovers and friendships of love. I am thinking about all of my friends and family back home. My daughter… My girlfriend… The womyn and men that I absolutely adore… my deepest desire is that all those in my life know how much I love them today and always. Today my meditation is on LOVE.
This evening by the fire Vedanti told us about the greatest story of love she has ever known. They met on a journey, two people who have never climbed mount Makula. It was a first time for them both. One woman was recently diagnosed with cancer. She did not tell anyone about her illness not even a single family member. She decided to keep it to her self and did not mention it to a soul. She didn’t want anyone pitying her or treating her like a sick patient. She decided that there was no way she was going to leave this earth without reaching heaven… or at least getting close to it.
When she was diagnosed she decided that NOW was the time for her to do everything she had dreamt of doing or at least die trying. On the top of her list was climbing this very mountain. On the journey she just spent the majority of her time looking back at her life… she made amends with the people she had had difficult relationships with and sent wishes to those in her life she wanted to forgive and those she needed forgiveness from. Hers was a journey of forgiveness.
She met a woman on that mountain and they had much in common. Both of them had come to the mountain seeking closure, serenity and peace. Both were looking to start a new chapter. But what neither one of them could ever expect was that they would find LOVE on that mountain. That evening Vedanti told us the story of her love affair with her greatest love. She shared with us the significance of every single person we meet in life and the role they each play in helping us get to the top of the mountain. She so eloquently shared that when she reaches the top of the mountain every time… it is also her anniversary with her beloved and she gets to stand there and remember their last kiss.
As Vedanti shared her love story I could not help but look back at all that I have achieved. My meditation today was about really LOOKING BACK and acknowledging how far I’ve come. Today I stood still and looked back. Today I am honoring all that I have climbed and all those I have loved.
Today I was reminded to stop and look back and I did. I stopped – I took a deep breath and looked back at all that I have done… how far I have come… this journey is about my life… this is about everything in my life and all that it has taken me to get to this point.
When you stand at the top of the mountain you feel every single person who has gotten you to this point.
No one gets to the top alone.
This is what I am remembering today. This is what I will remember when I get to the top.
Today I am looking back at all I have been given… and for all of my blessings I say THANK YOU.
If no one has told you today allow me to be the first… I LOVE and VALUE YOU!
Namaste ~ And so it is. Ache
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✿✿Note to newcomers accepting the writing challenge! You can begin the challenge at any point. There is no right or wrong way to participate. You are not being graded or judged. This is a gift we are giving ourselves. So be gentle during this process. We are about to climb a mountain, YO! Remember that. Remember we must be present. Release all self-defeating thoughts. You can do this. I do want to remind the new climbers that no matter what day you decide to join the challenge please begin at the beginning. It’s important to prepare! Please remember to post your daily responses in my comments on my blog. Sending you all love. See you at the top of the mountain.
With all my love,