Deer Park, Day Twenty-Eight: Homeward Bound (Part 1)
(written on Friday February 7th)
I’m currently sitting by a large window with the sun streaming in at LAX, the Los Angeles airport. My flight leaves in about an hour. I will arrive back home in Montana around midnight, after a short layover in Seattle. My cousin, who lives in LA, picked me up from Deer Park and dropped me off at the airport early in order to make it to work at 3:00. With my love of airports and flying I was looking forward to the extra time here at LAX.
This morning I woke up around 3:30am. I read for a bit, got dressed, and then packed my bag. It was very dark this morning when I climbed the steps to the meditation hall. The stars and moon were covered over by clouds from the overnight rain. The ground was moist with the much-needed moisture and when our sitting was over and the sun was up I took great pleasure in seeing the raindrops hanging on every leaf and flower petal. Llora and I did some Qi Gong together before breakfast and then at 8:45am we had a work meeting. These meetings start with singing and are a time for announcements to be made. I spoke of my departure and offered my deep gratitude and joy for having had the opportunity to practice with the community at Deer Park. As is custom with those leaving one of the sisters asked if I had a song request and I asked for the song Dear Friends. The lyrics to Dear Friends: Dear friends, dear friends, let me tell you how I feel, you have given me such treasures, I love you so.