vallecitos journey begins

Greetings! It has been awhile since I posted here on pausing turtle. For those of you who don’t know, since the beginning of August I have been working at a remote retreat center in Northern New Mexico Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center I will be up here until the end of October and then in November will make my way back to the east coast.

It has been an amazing experience on many levels and I am learning a lot.
And I have so much to be grateful for:

  • feeling embraced by this beautiful magical place
  • the many other humans I have crossed paths with and learned from
  • the powerful presence of the Mule Deer
  • many moments of pausing and being still
  • the trees and their steadfastness
  • the ability to gently laugh at myself
  • night skies that are bursting with stars
  • being so close to and aware of the changing of the seasons, a reminder of impermanence
  • and much, much more…

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petals fade and fall
flowers do not fear their death
soft impermanence

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tend to each other
we are breath and beating hearts
here on sacred ground

 

With love ~ katya

tender whispering

 

 

 

 

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oh delicate hearts
find beauty in brokenness
tender whispering

I have been moved by the journey of Michael Stone, a Buddhist teacher who recently died. I never met him, but from what I have read, he was a kind, giving, loving and gentle man who supported many on their spiritual journeys.

Unbeknownst to many, Michael lived with bipolar disorder. Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, he kept it from the public.

A good reminder that we are all human, and also that we have no idea what people might be struggling with. We are all broken in some way – and there is beauty in that brokenness. May we be kind and tender with each other…

Lion’s Roar put out an official statement re Michael’s death. You can read it here   and there are many videos available on-line if you are interested in listening to his offerings.