The sun has set on my final evening in Puerto Rico. Tomorrow will mark my 25th day, here, and my return travel home. Feelings about leaving the Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute are varied. I’m ready to be home, but I’m not ready to leave.
There are so many healing things about this place. We are at the end of a little dead-end street, with cute gardens, greenhouses, fruit trees, palms, and the wonderful, blue water. Everyone greets one-another with a smile and nice words when they cross paths. The sun, the moon, and the stars have great presence. The sky is blue, and passing clouds occasionally share their rain. The frogs chirp us all to sleep at night.
It is peaceful and safe.
I’m unclear what it will be like to depart from this protected and protective environment. To return to the hustle, the pressure, the sarcasm. For a little less-than-a-month, I have been responsible only for myself and my well-being. I have been surrounded by people who are doing the same. We have all been supporting one-another through this process. I know I need to carry these feelings and this focus back with me, and apply it to my life, going forward. Although people have been telling me, literally for years, to “put myself first,” this is a lesson I now need to take very seriously. I have to bring this sense of me back into my “real” life.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity for this unplug and reboot experience. I feel so much better than when I arrived. I feel lighter, cleaner, tanner, and I have more energy. I will make the time to continue many of the activities and commitments to health that I was able to adopt while being here. It will be work, but I have the time, now, to make these things happen. Far beyond diet and exercise, I have been without chemical products on my body, I am breathing with conscious intention, I am opening myself to the world without fear, I am understanding the things that make me feel healthy and whole.
If anyone is curious about this program or the idea of adopting more living foods into your lifestyle, I encourage you to contact me. I am not an expert, but I’m happy to share my experiences with you. I’m at pattypino at yahoo.com.
Of course. this was only phase I of my life change. I look forward to new, exciting adventures and to sharing them with all of you, as my reconstruction continues…
“These are the days / These are days you’ll remember
Never before and never since, I promise / Will the whole world be warm as this
And as you feel it, / You’ll know it’s true / That you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you / Are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you.”
- 10,000 Maniacs