Well... I have a kitchen that smells of yummy gluten-free, vegan cinnamon rolls. It was my first attempt at making them and they sure do look and smell better than they taste. 🤣
It was fun exploring and playing around with a new recipe even if it is one I never have to make again. I had my eyes on this recipe for a long time but never felt like I had the time to spend all morning making it.
I wanted to make them for one of my friends and Retreat Fairies who is coming over tomorrow for a little birthday celebration. I had also hoped they would be a future retreat breakfast.
Now I don't have to wonder about it. Ha!
There are gifts even in the "failures."
Even though I'm not writing this with an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll next to me, I'm still inspired to share this message with you.
Before bed last night, I was reading about equanimity in Baron Baptiste's book "40 days to a Personal Revolution" which is a 40 day yoga program with meditation, insight, diet, and movement.
What he had to share was really profound and I knew I had to pass this on to you.
"Equanimity is the art of meeting life as it meets you -- calmly, without drama or fuss.
This is the way out of frustration and into the light.
Living in the light, there is a brightness and a creativity very much like that of a child.
The light leads us back to our naturalness.
But you don't get to the light by fighting or wrestling with control.
An inner revolution is not about taking control.
Control has no real healthy place in our lives, and only robs us of our serenity.
We think we can change things by taking charge.
We change by finding the equanimity and learning to relax right in the middle of conflict-filled moments."
This is the gift of Surrender.
This is the importance of Surrender.
When we surrender, we have access to equanimity (according to the dictionary... equanimity is mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.)
It allows us to be in the space to meet life where life meets us.
With calmness. No drama. And no fuss.
No matter what happens around us, we are able to stabilize in our own energy with a clear sense of what action (if any) is necessary.
We can practice this at every moment of every day. (Even when we are making cinnamon rolls that don't turn out.)
This is the revolution these times are asking of me.
To go inward.
From my heart to yours.
Let yourself BE, Let yourself GO, Let yourself IN.
Throughout the year I offer a few, select opportunities to a small group of women who are ready to experience more play, remember how magical they are, and truly come home to themselves.
All of my retreats are intimate, limited to eight or less women who are ready to master surrender and experience serendipity.
Retreats are either held over zoom or in person at our retreat space in Hood River Oregon.