This week has been a wonderful week. I have been productive at work, I have had quality time with my love and I’ve had time to myself. It has been a happy, calm and energised week. But the highlight of my week was seeing an old friend again.
This friend is someone who used to spend time with me when I was little. She was very important to me then, and I was sorry to move away and lose touch with her.
Over the years we have met from time to time, and sensed the connection is still there. This time though, we had some uninterrupted catch-up time and I realised how close we really are.
We talked about work, about men and children. We talked about periods, about herbal remedies and spirituality. It was thirty-five years since I had crawled into her lap for another song and another story, and now we met as sisters and equals.
In the days that have passed since our meeting I have been reflecting on her influence on me.
My friend is one reason I have felt fortunate, she always encouraged me and showed me that I was good enough.
She is one reason I love being creative and artistic, she always encouraged me to express myself.
My friend is one reason I am a healer, because she taught me the importance to listen to myself and answer that inner voice.
She is one reason that I am proud of being a woman, because she was certain about her own strength, power and beauty.
My life is better because she has been in it, and it was a joy for me to realise that her influence has lasted my entire life and now just the few years we spent together in my early childhood.
I thought about other people who have had a similar influence on me, and see how wonderfully blessed I have been, with loving and supportive people around me in a large, organic network. And I begin to wonder if this is why the Red Tent means so much to me.
The Red Tent is where women meet to be women. Just as I am happy to support and encourage others, I look for that support and encouragement myself. I find it in the Red Tent.
I think of my friend and marvel at the love she has given me over the years. She is not related, or obligated to me in any way. She just loves me, as I do her.
This morning, in meditation, I tried to visualise all the people, especially the women, who have given me love, support, comfort and encouragement in my life.
The result is that I am feeling supported by love and good intentions, joy and laughter from all the people who have come into my life over the years. This wave of blessed happiness will be with me for some time.
Now I’m going to meditate on how best to use this energy, and carry the momentum forward.