It's funny how I'm more inclined to write while away from my San Diego base. After several days at home after my friends and family trip to Minnetana I am back down south at my other home away from home. Rancho la Puerta has turned into a most wonderful place for me to live and work.
When I was scrambling to get things done prior to coming here for a week, after being away for 2 weeks, I felt like I was running out of time. I did my best to breathe through it and to stay calm and centered. Doing my best, sometimes I actually felt calm... at times not at all. Driving here through the beautiful mountains, I realized that I was heading into the part of my life where I am most chill.
The warm smiles and happy hugs I give and receive here are indicative of the vibe I get to swirl in for a week. Walking the grounds gives instant reconnection with the abundant nature, that is interrupted only minimally by brick pathways and tastefully designed buildings. Our 6 acre organic garden/farm provides a bounty of amazing produce that our chefs and dining staff craft lovingly into incredible tasting and healthful meals. Fresh seafood is picked up 45 minutes south in Ensenada.
Life is simple here... there are less demands on my time than in my 'life on the outside'. My J.O.B. (Joy of Being- thank you Shaon Plache for that distinction!) here is to greet guests in our 96 degree warm water pool and float them. Watsu is a relatively new offering here at the Rancho, and I love being able to be of service here. Yesterday one of my clients shared with me upon completion of her session, "That was lovely. I lost track of all time and space."
When not in the pool doing Watsu sessions I am free to enJoy all the Rancho has to offer. Occasionally I will join one of the 6-8 fitness classes offered hourly. I most often choose the Crystal Bowl Sound Healing or one of the many guest speakers' lectures/workshops. Yesterday I got to sit at the pond and play guitar... then I joined other staff members for an evening hike up to Alex's Oak.
We gathered to send off Joe, who has been working here for 30 years! Two different snakes greeted us on the trail... a Rosy Boa and a baby Rattler. Transformation, shedding skin. Atop the mountain looking over the Rancho and Tecate with this group of souls randomly thrown together, I was once again struck with feeling blessed and in awe of life. I don't know what it's like to be in one place for 30 years... but I do know what it's like to follow my heart. Joe is following his heart and he departed with an air of confidence and contentment.
Until we meet again...