‘Snow on a day that warmed my heart’ – Day 29/365

‘Snow on a day that warmed my heart’ – Day 29/365

This is Worcester during winter time. More accurately, this was Worcester last winter during the 10 days I served at a Vipassana meditation retreat with 8 other incredible humans. I had done the 10-days of silence the year prior, so this time was about serving and giving back to new students on the course. We didn’t talk to them. We didn’t instruct them on techniques. We made sure there was a warm, nourishing meal for them 3 times a day. Cooked oats and stewed fruits; rice and lentil curry; dhal, salads and sometimes something sweet. We knew not even their names. Only that they were going through a winter of their own and they were there to learn a new way of warming their hearts. On the last day, a girl came up to me and thanked us for the carrot cake we put out on day 6 with lunch. She had tears in her eyes (about cake!) Of course it wasn’t about cake, it was about how cold and heavy the weight of facing your demons can be and how on that day, warm, nutty carrot cake with lemon butter icing, made it just a bit easier. Having been there to be part of giving her that, that warmed my heart that day. Snow on the mountains, but I glowed inside.
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So, this is not a glamorous photo of a daring or breathtaking moment. But that’s just the point of this tiny painting. Often our larger than life moments are the quiet, peaceful ones we hope never slip too far away in our hibernating minds. These mountains are one of mine.
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Time: 4.5 hours
Inspired by photography of:@shescreative_af

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