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Self-Love Getaway

I had a strong feeling of needing some alone time in nature, so I took myself on my own private self-love getaway!

I’m not usually this spontaneous, so it was kind of exciting.  We have an extremely generous member of our Washington Body & Brain community who has a waterfront cabin on San Juan Island, and she let me stay there!

For those who are unfamiliar, I just searched Wikipedia to give you the details:

The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the Pacific Northwest of the United States between the U.S. state of Washington and Vancouver IslandBritish ColumbiaCanada. The San Juan Islands are part of Washington state, and form the core of San Juan County. In the archipelago, four islands are accessible to vehicular and foot traffic via the Washington State Ferries system.

So, among the four accessible islands, San Juan Island itself is the largest.  I took my car onto the ferry, entered through Friday Harbor, and spent the weekend driving around this island which is now my second favorite place in the whole world (the North Island of New Zealand being my first).

The little island was so quiet and cool.  I saw very few people in the time I was there. It had such a peaceful, gentle energy about it, allowing me an easy opportunity to reflect and feel myself more deeply.

I visited a beautiful lavender farm where I not only enjoyed walking among the lavender fields, but I also delighted in  a lavender-flavored bar of dark chocolate and a lavender-flavored Arnold Palmer. I hiked a small mountain, said hello to some friendly Alpaca’s, and stumbled upon a sculpture park accidentally one evening as the sun was setting.  Every moment felt magical and perfectly prepared for me by the universe. I felt the joy of just being.

The highlight for me was a sunset whale watch – I couldn’t wait to see Orcas!  I stood on the top deck, staring at the ocean with intent, as our boat went north into Canadian waters, searching for a pod. When I saw the first shiny black fin leaping through the waves, my heart leapt with it! Unexpected tears sprung from my eyes and I became overwhelmed with a repentant feeling towards these magnificent creatures. For all the harm human beings have caused them, I silently and sincerely said I was sorry, and felt, somehow, they accepted my apology.  After that, only love and gratitude filled my heart as I continued to watch what I came to find out were the Southern Resident Orcas. 

For those like me who don’t know your Orcas, Willy, of Free Willy, was a Southern Resident, and that film was actually made in the San Juan Islands, home to the Southern Resident Orcas.  There are only about 75 of them left in the world, and we saw a pod of approximately 10-12 that day. I felt honored to be in the presence of their free and bold spirits that burst with life itself as they advanced powerfully through the ocean.  Although they were quite far from us and my camera couldn’t get a clear enough picture, every moment they appeared above the water was awe-inspiring, so much so that I gave up trying to capture it, and just fully enjoyed the sacred moment.

During my trip, I felt, more than ever, that this earth is just so wildly amazing.  Like, really.  It was hard for me to wrap my mind around.  It was fitting that shortly after returning I re-read a message from my teacher, Ilchi Lee, where he said, “We have a relationship of destiny with the earth in which we share life and death with the earth.  Feel the great earth and feel the breath of the earth as you realize in every moment that you and the earth are one.”  

As I read those words again I thought, “Yes, that’s it!”  That was the amazingness I felt on San Juan Island.

What I was ultimately most thankful for, amidst the pure nature of San Juan Island, spending lots of time in solitude, was that I had time to feel and appreciate and love myself in a simple and satisfying way.  In that environment, I returned my busy mind back to myself, to my own true nature.  I felt reminded of my soul’s unchanging presence.  My pure essence never leaves me, it’s only I who leave it.

It was so very nice to return to myself again.

FH cabin tree  FH lavendar farm lake  FH sculpture park daisies  FH sculpture park bird FH sculpture park illuminated one FH two alpacas FH standing alpaca FH forest FH lavendar FH Tree sunset FH sculpture pots FH boat sunset vertical

 

 

 

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Amy
Amy
2 months ago

This is so beautiful. I love the idea of a self-love getaway!

Tina
Tina
2 months ago

A treasure of gorgeous photos and self-love memories. What a timeless auspicious gift you’ve given yourself ❤️

Vince
Vince
2 months ago

An Arnold Palmer! Drink to the Heart and Soul of Golf! Also, the perfect setting to uncover the patterns and techniques of a solid golf swing! Healing Tree has made you a player .
“Master Danielle: The Waterfront of San Juan” Reflections on Oneness of Soul and Nature. Volume 1

Vince
Vince
2 months ago
Reply to  Danielle

With your training, you could become a top notch golfer. However, golf is notorious to wreak havoc with life styles and pursuits. You probably have the strength of will not to be blindsided by that. Great adventure you had and as always very interesting. PS, did you ever recieve a question I entered on your contact portal? About an episode in Healing Tree that I thought inteesting.

Vinson
Vinson
2 months ago
Reply to  Danielle

Thanks. Well it’s about when the stranger knocked on your building’s front door and decided to avoid any trouble or danger. You drove to a store for a health drink. As you drove from the store you wanted to go to Walden Pond. I was thinking it had importance to your development as a person. I looked it up and was surprised it was the famous location that Thoreau stayed to write and think. It was late but you were still wanting to go. You thought it would probably be closed. You didn’t go. Of all the things you could have done, that was your main idea. I just think it’s interesting.

Vinson
Vinson
2 months ago
Reply to  Danielle

Super!

Jen claire
Jen claire
2 months ago

I have been in WA 20 years and haven’t visited those islands! I believe this prompted my attention! I looooved reading this. You’re so precious to me and this earth!

Vinson
Vinson
2 months ago
Reply to  Jen claire

Isn’t that so very true. I second that!

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