“PEACE. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. “
– Unknown (framed quote in my kitchen, given to me by my sister)
Immediately following Connor’s graduation lunch, my sister, Tricia and I got into the car and drove directly to The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.
Omega is a place that is very special to us for many reasons.
We originally went there the year that my father died. He was killed in a freak car accident on April 2nd, 2010 which happened to also be Good Friday. I’ll never forget the details of that day, and the days following. I can still relive every moment so vividly in my mind, the phone call from Trish, dropping to my knees on my hall floor sobbing hysterically with my husband and kids around me, getting on a plane that very night with our five month old baby and heading to Chicago for the week. We were all shocked and devastated, as you can imagine.
Tricia’s 40th birthday happened to be April 8th, six days after my Dad died. Not much of a celebration for her – or any of us.
We decided that we both needed to get away for her 40th and she found this wonderful place, just two short hours from Larchmont, NY.
It’s a spiritual place full of peace and people from all walks of life. We went together that June in 2010. We did yoga, went on long walks and read books by the lake in a hammock. We tried to find peace amidst our feelings of loss. It was good for us both.
We vowed to try to go back together every year together. Which we did again in 2011. Due to schedules etc, we did not make it there in 2012. So we decided to that this year, we both desperately needed to go – together.
So to Omega we went. What a perfect way to celebrate the end of this chapter on my journey, with my best friend and sister by my side.
As soon as we got there, we were both able to exhale. Deep breathes and fresh air. Lots of meditation and lots of vegetables! A way for us to be together, connected with each other and nature – and free from all responsibility. It was magical, but way too short!
We got there Tuesday evening and left Thursday afternoon. Once again, we walked, meditated, did yoga, sat by the lake, read our books……and talked, and talked and talked. We cried a lot, but we also smiled a lot and relaxed with the peace of Omega and of our friendship. Even though it was short, we were able to recharge our batteries a bit and relax into ourselves and each other. It was so great to be there and just BE TOGETHER!
Thanks Tricia, I love you so very much.
Lets bring this peace into our homes and into the world and make a difference where we can.
In whatever way we can.