"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."
The day I was confirmed to go to Iceland was the exact day a volcano became active on the island. Interesting turn of events when heading to a new place. What does this mean exactly? Lol. My host said I'll have the opportunity to see this magnificent event. Well, well, well ... I'm looking forward to it. Experiencing an active volcano has yet to be checked off my to do list. In addition, there will be Northern Lights. Ahhh. Already, it's starting to sound magical and alive. I keep having this feeling Iceland will be a very healing place for me.
With that being said, for the first time I'm feeling a bit of homesickness before I leave. Little did I know that Stockholm would start to feel like home so quickly. I really do love it. Even without knowing the language, I feel my roots establishing themselves in this beautiful city. Spring in Stockholm is unbelievable, and it will be missed.
Embarking to a new place to teach always brings with it an abundance of learning and understanding. The most interesting part is the group dynamic. With various cultures to experience, along with the practice, it feels like this seesaw of connecting with something very familiar and at the same time unfamiliar. I enjoy it. I enjoy the fact that the practice melts down the barriers of age, race, and religion. All of it doesn't matter when moving and breathing. Then to become acquainted with a new culture only enriches the opening made through self-practice and teaching. It can be a wonderful ride, and I feel lucky to do it.