2 weeks ago today i was enjoying a beautiful windy day on the oregon coast. surrendering my mind & body to the practice of yoga and the soothing, calm voice of this beautiful soul .
i spent the afternoon walking the tides of the beach, trying hard to capture this new found love in my life, through the lens of my camera. ever so happy to be wearing my new rainboots.
as i've had almost two weeks away from these strangers i can now have the honor of calling my "friends", i've found it strangely lonely. i miss them. i miss their laughter. i miss their hugs. i miss their "super*dee*duper" phrases. i miss their honesty. i miss their stories.
as we have connected in various ways since going back to our very different and separate lives, I STILL FEEL THE LOVE. the love of these women STILL surrounds me. it is a love i feel in a quick email just to say "i miss you. that's all". it is a love i feel in a text message or an invitation to an art show or a "please be my friend" on facebook. there is love in a comment on my young blog or the encouraging of others to start their blogs. i feel love when i see one of us bravely show a work of art or beautifully written words and others respond with "oh, you are so brave." "you are so talented". "keep it up girlfriend".
this is the love that still surrounds me.
i wanted to capture it in a painting. (above) at the end of our journey in manzanita, dear liz elayne gave each one of us a beautiful scarf. it was a sight to see all 25 women each wrapped in their gift. my painting reminds me that although i am home now, i can still feel the love of these women and cul*ti*vate all the good things that they brought to my life. the scarf around my little house is that reminder. it is an extra special scarf because it is made from a hand made paper ribbon that was sewn by my talented unearth friend, danielle, for all 25 women. (thank you danielle for the scarf for my little home!)
& thank you to all my "scarf sisters" who continue to love me and enrich my life!