My quest for spiritual growth has been an amazing journey. Along the way, I have met guides and teachers who helped me gain the tools needed to navigate around the next path. I am truly blessed that along my journey, I happened upon The Healing Tree Project. The experience was transformative.
I have to confess, I have only taken one mindfulness class, but I plan on following the first course with more classes. It did not take long after the first course ended that I realized I needed to continue the work. Still in the just the one class, I learned that I can be a better listener and a better friend by being present. I do not need to add my comments or my ego or my opinion or my judgment when someone is in need of an audience. I can attend to the needs of my loved one by my being.
A difficult lesson for me has been learning how to welcome experiences that are not necessarily pleasant. I have learned through mindfulness training to be more accepting of the challenges that life offers. I think of myself as being much like Lucy Van Pelt, the Peanuts character. She yelled at Charlie Brown that she did not want her life to be “ups and downs,” she wanted her life to be “ups, ups and more ups.” Had Lucy taken the class, she would had learned that life offers us lessons via the “downs,” and by our allowing ourselves to process…to be present…to let it pass through us, we find peace.
These two examples only touch the surface of what I gained from the class. I enjoyed meeting with Bethany and the other students on Saturday afternoons. I appreciated the additional lessons, materials, videos, poems, quotes that Bethany sent to us during the week. As I stated earlier, I only have taken one class. I look forward to future classes. Since the class ended, I have found that it is all too easy to fall back into habits. I catch my mind racing from one topic to the next, and I remind myself to stop…do a mindfulness exercise…I know I still have work to do. I am grateful Bethany and The Healing Tree Project will continue to guide me.