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05 July 2012 @ 08:00 pm
On Silence, Stillness and Mascara Fasting  
Moon prayer
This wonderful photograph is from the Energy Ethics site on Facebook-- couldn't find the photographer's name. Will add when I do!

I'm just finishing up the most extraordinary retreat here in Oahu. Gratitude doesn't even begin to cover this. This is the stuff of fairy tales-- to have this great expanse of time in this insanely gorgeous place, alone, quiet, just being open. And at rest. A million options every day. And I can not choose them all. The luxury of that!

Here is my short list of things that I haven't done:

1)  Talked to a live person  (Except ten words or less to Mr. Starbucks, the food scooper--upper at Whole Foods, my yoga teachers)
2)  Talked on the phone (Except for two brief work thingies, a couple of times to my home benefactor-ess, and once to the love o' my life)
3)  Worn mascara-- stop the PRESS! Yep, it's true. Off the lash juice.
4)  Watched TV. 
5)  Apologized to anyone (except the man that nearly ran me off the sidewalk-- it was a reflex, and I didn't mean it with any sincerity whatsover).
6) Felt guilt about not working on my novel because I worked on my novel every day.
7) Felt guilt about not exercising because I had time to exercise every day.

Here is what I discovered--

1) If I forgo overpriced product on my hair and don't spend 12-15 minutes daily styling (read fussing), but simply wash and comb, it looks the pretty much the same. Can't decide whether to weep or laugh.
2) As I suspected, taking a yoga class every day is as close to heaven on earth as one can get. I also suspect I am coming home seven inches taller.
3) If you squeeze lime juice over papaya, it tastes SO much better. I think God was in a hurry when he got to papayas and overlooked this detail.
4) If I had the money to shop at Coach and Cartier, there really isn't anything there I want. (This from my Waikiki Artist Date)
5) Geckos are very curious creatures and don't really have that annoying Australian accent.
6) If I write every day, my work flooowws and practically writes itself.
7) Even given the opportunity to swim in my birthday suit, out of respect for the wildlife, I choose not to.
8) The scent of plumeria rivals most every chocolate smell I hold dear in the world.
9) That if you sit down and shut your pie hole, and be still, you can tune into some pretty Divine stuff. Still trying to process it all.

I will be back home in two days, taller, quieter, and with somewhat flatter hair. Look forward to seeing some of you then!
Love and coconuts,

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(Anonymous) on July 6th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Beautiful posts from Hawaii, Mary. Thanks, as always for your cherished words.
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rllafevers on July 8th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
No Mascara!

No fancy hair care products??

Who are you and what have you done with my best friend?? :-)

I am soooooo happy for this amazing retreat you've been on! Safe travels home, my dear!
(Anonymous) on July 8th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
So happy...
...that you're there, Mary!


Sending you lots and lots of love,

maryhershey on July 9th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Yes, complete and utter bliss. Would love for each of you to have one just like this!

devon_space on August 28th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Mary, did you come back 7 inches taller? Have you returned to your normal size? Yoga done right is hard, but enjoyable work...it demands serious core stretching, stretching in places i had long forgot about and a really good headband to keep the sweat out...Maybe there is a yogini in me wanting to come out...
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