In his exquisite poem entitled Desiderata, the late Max Ehrmann wrote, you are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars. Like us all, this is who and what I am.
Growing up in Virginia, I learned to love the ocean, the advance and retreat of waves on the shore, their bubbly whisper back to the boundless sea. I learned to love the call of the mourning dove, the song of the whippoorwill, violently, crashing summer thunderstorms that move in as slowly as they recede. My heart was captivated by the world around me, and I began following the inspiration to put pen to paper in the form of poetry by the time I was eleven.
After graduating from college in 1997, I heeded a strong call to go west. With the exception of a year spent living in Hawaii, Boulder, Colorado has since been my home. Colorado introduced me to the kind of inner exploration I am drawn to do. I’ve worked in healthcare since 1997, initially as a cardiac nurse, and then as a nurse practitioner. I've attended one or more ten day silent meditation retreats since 2002. I was brought to my knees by a life-altering illness-or rather "health opportunity" as I prefer to call it- in 2007 while traveling in India.. The journey to wellness has been one of immense discovery. My single most joy-filled activity is surfing “small kine” (that’s pidgeon for gentle) waves in a warm ocean.
Life continues to be my greatest teacher. What I’ve learned is cause to bow with hands in front of my heart, and in deep reverence, utter thank you. It is through this journey that the boundary between the concept of self and other blurs as the all-that-is-and-ever-will-be teaches us about the subtler layers of reality, what we all inescapably are. That oneness, that exquisite vast ocean from which we arise and take form. To know our infinite nature, we must turn our eyes inward.
I am blessed to live in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, with my beloved, Dan.
As the late Max Ehrmann said, with all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. I say an exquisitely beautiful world.