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I Have an Inner Goddess? Who Knew?

As regular readers know, yoga sessions with Gabi have helped me to soften my core, my patience, and my biting tongue. Now I have visual proof that other areas need improvement.

EW and I had discussed finding a small gift for Gabi to take back to New Zealand and display at her future yoga studio. We both have enjoyed her sessions and realize that after Grenada, we’ll be enjoying yoga with other amateurs—which is better than not participating in yoga at all, but just not the same as yoga with Gabi.

In the meantime, other participants in the class came up with a much better idea: A craft/yoga day at a beautiful house on the island. One of our class members is currently house-sitting for another cruiser and she had the perfect space for a yoga/craft day.  Gabi knew all about the day, except that we would be painting baked hearts, into which we’d insert a small scroll with personal thanks for the yoga sessions. The hearts would be strung on a ribbon and could be hung on the wall of Gabi’s future yoga studio. The men in the class had been invited to participate, but respectfully declined. EW, appreciative of the yoga sessions, sent a scroll and asked me to paint a heart for him.

033This event would take place for most of the day one Saturday. Frankly, I’m not all that articulate with brush and paint, and could not anticipate that I’d enjoy a whole day of painting crafty things. In fact, “just kill me now” came to mind. I told EW, “I think this thing is supposed to go until three, but I expect I’ll bug out after lunch.” (Hey, this is an honest blog.) Nine women participated, including Gabi. Six of us were anchored in Prickly Bay and one woman convinced her loving husband to shuttle us all in their large dinghy. Then we walked through a pleasant neighborhood to reach the land base for “Homeward Bound”.

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Some (all) of these women were very excited about this Goddess Day. “Goddess Day!” I thought. “When did this become a Goddess Day?”  Take a look at the photo above and you’ll know that one of us came in a ripped t-shirt to paint. Others in tank tops and yoga shorts clearly were more in touch with their inner Goddess. Was it Sesame street that had a song, “One of these things is not like the other. One of these things doesn’t belong?” That would be me at the start of Goddess day.Goddess Day Atrium Gabi 10-7-2011 9-40-24 PM

But I like these women, I’m willing to try new things, and they made me feel very welcomed. Once we had toured the living area of this beautiful home, exclaimed over the view, and the open-to- the-sky garden in the entrance, we moved furniture and placed our mats for an extended yoga practice. Gabi had brought a brass bowl, a singing bowl used in meditation. She also provided the words to a chant, then instructed us to lie in savasana and prepare ourselves to begin. It was an incredible yoga experience, As always, with Gabi’s sessions, we were instructed to close our eyes for many of the poses. At two points she walked to each, held the bowl in front of our hearts and struck it. The beautiful chime reverberated in my core, and I felt as though I had been given a tremendous gift.

Goddess Day Chant Susan 10-8-2011 7-38-19 PMGoddess day with bowl Susan 10-8-2011 8-50-15 PMThis longer yoga session included some more vigorous poses, designed to get our hearts pumping faster. It was the best yoga session I’ve had (though I must admit, I’m a newbie at this) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, I was so relaxed that I actually fell asleep during the last savasana. Oops. Gabi simply spoke her next sentence a bit louder and it penetrated my relaxed state so I could join the others.

Here’s what I didn’t know about this yoga group: two women teach or have taught art to youngsters; one is a photographer and painter who is, as I write this, signing a contract with a gallery to represent her photographs, another is a creative craftsperson and excellent painter, and Gabi is no slouch with a tiny brush and acrylic paints. I did know that Cheryl had been a graphic artist and later a landscaper in her previous life. That left me and two other women who were rank amateurs, and they were both much more talented with acrylics than I am. Nola and Sharon, the art teachers, had generously provided the supplies, mixed, shaped and baked the hearts, and arranged the room and materials in a pleasing manner.

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Goddess Day Green Thumb Gabi 10-8-2011 12-11-00 AM

 

 

All I had to do was paint, but I had trouble opening the tube of acrylic. Gabi laughed when I told her that I’d always wanted a green thumb.

 

 

 

 

I painted two rocks. On one, I simply wrote my word of the year, “Soften”, in teal blue acrylic. On the other I drew three circles that wrapped around the top of the stone to the back, signifying that what is inside of us (or hidden in the back) is reflected on the outside. Goddess Day me painting Gabi 10-7-2011 11-58-18 PM(Now that’s deep! Also easy to paint.) When I was done, I took photos and set up for lunch. (I do lunch very well. My inner goddess loves lunch.) I also don’t mind washing dishes and volunteered for that job. Throughout the morning and lunch, we talked, painted, learned more about each other, or sat quietly watching the view. It was a beautiful day. Goddess day Soften 10-7-2011 11-05-12 PM

Did I leave at 1:00? Of course not! I washed dishes, painted two hearts for Gabi, and then simply enjoyed getting to know these fascinating women, who are from Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Alaska, Florida, South Carolina, and Northern Europe.

 

Finally, at five, we realized that this extraordinary day had to end, and we cleaned up and began the walk back to the marina and reality. Now I know, that our reality ain’t half bad, but I’ve not allowed myself to be a goddess on board. I’m going to work on that. 

Goddess Day The group Susan 10-8-2011 7-11-34 PM

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Goddess Day Gabis hearts Gabi 10-8-2011 3-02-55 AMGoddess Day me Gabi 10-8-2011 3-52-30 AM

 

 

Goddess Day the View Susan 10-8-2011 5-42-17 PM

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I think that your EW would say that you've always been a goddess in his book. Cute story.

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