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Too deep for words

October 25, 2010

When something profound has happened in my life, like this past weekend at The Listening Well workshop with Christina Baldwin, I often find myself sitting with images and music for awhile before the words are ready to emerge.

I have been changed by a circle of 16 women who came to the shore of a lake to sit in a circle, tell stories, dream of a transformed world, listen deeply, stand beside each other, and pass tissues when necessary. We talked, we laughed, we cried, we walked through the woods, we played on the swings, we crunched in the leaves, and we built a spontaneous labyrinth. It was magical.

Note: if the video doesn’t have any sound, try this version. I tried to use a song that became meaningful to us this past weekend (Calling All Angels, sung by Jane Siberry), but YouTube was threatening to strip the sound from the video. I created an alternate version.

On the last morning there, a song was on my heart. I didn’t know where it came from, and when I Googled the lyrics, it appears I may have rewritten them, but I kind of like the lyrics my heart wrote better than the original.

I could not ask for more of the earth below me

could not ask for more of the sky above

I’ve got all I’m searching for

and I could not ask for more.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Karla Penner permalink
    October 25, 2010 9:53 pm

    Powerful. The photo with the rugged old sign reading “Lifeline” impacted me greatly. You are walking in the midst of your dream, Heather. There is life there for all of us who get to come along for the ride.

  2. October 26, 2010 8:02 am

    Looks like a wonderful weekend/workshop! I think there’s something powerful that happens when women come together and help each other with support, discovering (or get going on!) our dreams and passions, and giving us the motivation and encouragement to go after our heart’s true desire.

    Women are so powerful — we need to come together more often.

    Thanks for sharing what looks like a wonderful event. I’d love to have my own event like this someday. Truly a passion of mine….helping women step up and step out.

  3. October 27, 2010 9:14 am

    What a wondrous gift you have given in this beautiful tribute to the power of coming together in community! I am grateful for your shining presence in the world, and glad our paths have crossed.

  4. October 31, 2010 3:07 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to this gathering of beautiful women, Heather. Thank you. Glad you met Marg. Circles within circles you once wrote….


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