“We’re all just walking each other home.” Ram Dass
It’s been an interesting time here at Lake Beseck, awareness speaks as Spring moves toward Summer and makes me smile. My recent experience on a retreat team at Mercy by the Sea nourished this gift of awareness as I sat with 6 women each day, listening to their hearts. Each told stories, I was present to my own, and the Divine was holding us all in Mystery and Love. When one steps into a time of retreat, there is a surrender to the experience and a trust in God’s care. These sacred days become a passageway into an unknown, yet holy place. We travelers rest in a different layer of understanding and receive nourishment for the transition back into our lives. It’s a very private, personal experience and, at the same time, a collective one as souls sit with each other in a silent dining room, honoring one another’s prayer.
“We’re all just walking each other home,” we say with our eyes during the week and through our hugs on the last day. This humble prayer speaks of trust and love, patience and hope. “We’re all just walking each other home,” a reminder of a Directed Retreat and, for me, a response to the great, shared passageway into the Unknown of Post-Covid, Post-George Floyd, Post-January 6, Post-Invasion of Ukraine. “We’re all just walking each other home” speaks of our humanity, our compassion, our shared desire for peace, it is an invitation to see our traveling companions, brothers and sisters all, with love in our eyes.
You have been in my heart, friends, in these weeks since my last Glimmer. While I often share what is happening in my own little world, I also pray for you and your unique stories as we all navigate the complexities of our shared world and contemporary times. Our connection, across miles and experiences, transcends our individuality and, at the same time, highlights the brilliant light that each of us offers. Our connection, grounded in our shared humanity, invites us to put on good walking shoes, gather the needed resources, and indeed, accept the call to companion one another as best we can. It’s a privilege to be a part of your journey.