The weather was crappy on and off all day. Damp. Dismal. Even the occasional downpour.
At the end of this very long week I was going to a walk along the Hudson River to celebrate the beginning of summer. The summer solstice, the day with the most light in it.
I was in no mood for it. I was tired. I was drained. I wanted to go home to jammies and a book and HGTV.
However, along with Kacey and Demitra, I knew I had to show up. I knew I had to put on my big girl pants, and rain poncho, and hat. So, off to the river I went.
We changed the time. We changed the meeting point. We were starting at 8:00. Nope, scratch that, we're starting at 7:00. We're meeting at the top. Nope, we're meeting at the bottom.
Yes, we did all that. Ultimately, those of us who were at the lower parking lot met up with those from the upper lot who walked down and met us. I got there at 7:00 and others staggered in a bit later. In total we had nine women who needed this walk.
It appears more than one of us had the same kind of week. There was exhaustion and frustration and pent up nerves.
And then we gathered. And we walked. And Kacey brought along candles in lanterns. And we chit chatted.
We got to the end of the paved walk where there is a magnificent sun dial and sculpture commemorating 9/11. There was zero rain.
Demitra, as is our tradition, blessed the evening. Kacey read something from "Sanya Says." We went around the circle, as is also now our tradition, and said a few things we were grateful for. Kacey and I had brought all of the intentions that had been written at our past events. We had been saving them to give them up to the universe for all these months.
This was a few days after Charleston and we vowed that collectively we would continue to spread love to the best of our abilities. Eight white women and one black women, holding hands, praying, and doing a tiny bit to help each other and the earth.
I brought sparklers and we lit the night with joy and laughter. When we cleaned everything up, we marveled at being in such a magnificent place, in the dark, ultimately feeling one million percent better than when we arrived.
As is now also one of our traditions, we walked the half mile or so back in silence. Each of us immersed in our own thoughts - for our own good and for the good of all around us.
It was now about 9:30 and we were energized and invigorated and hungry. So, off to the diner we went to continue sharing the love.
YOU would have loved it.
Our next event is next Tuesday, June 30.
Join us at Hudson House on Main Street in Cold Spring, NY from 6pm - 8pm.
The unforgettable Rock and Roll Randy Patterson will lead a lively and interactive workshop where we will discuss the four distinct personality types. Which one are you? And how can you best get along with the others?
$5 per person. Cash bar.
Please text Kacey at 914.323.8343 to RSVP.
We have created a Facebook Page you are welcome to join, A Circle of Women. Between the three of us, all of our events are shared collectively on that page, our own FB pages as well as via email and this blog.
I hope to see you at an event soon!