I hope your summer was punctuated by laughter and connection, naps in the hammock, firefly sightings, stargazing, fireworks, walks in the woods, getting lost in great books, seeing new sights (or revisiting beloved old ones) and drifting off to sleep to the sounds of frogs and cicadas carried on cool night breezes through open windows (or whatever makes a great summer for you!)
My summer was full and rich and went by so, so quickly!
I’ll tell you about it, and first I want to offer a deep and heartfelt thank you to those of you who emailed me to say “Hey Kimberly, are you ok? I haven’t heard from you in awhile!”
You helped me realize it was time to reconnect.
So here I am, and here’s what I’ve been doing:
In addition to experiencing some of the lovely moments described above, in early summer I facilitated a retreat on Celtic Spirituality with my Mom, Mary Lou Schneider, at Mercy Center in St. Louis for a group of 50. It was delightful sharing some of the concepts from the book I’m writing now, and meeting a lot of new and interesting people.
Meanwhile my family was preparing for our trip to Ireland, celebrating our daughter Bridget’s 14th birthday, getting together with old friends and gearing up for our daughter Maddie’s transition to college.
July brought the Ireland journey, which included the weeklong Irish Immersion Experience retreat I facilitated on Celtic Spirituality for a spectacular group of seven spiritual seekers. It was so special to share Irish places and friends who have grown dear to me with other people (including two repeat retreatants), and to rediscover parts of myself along the way. I’m already looking forward to returning in 2016! (Incidentally, if you want to see some photos from the trip, I posted them on my Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/
KimberlyVSchneider. Just “like” the page, then scroll down to July and you’ll see pictures and a short summary of each day’s adventures).
Upon our return to the States, Bridget went to camp, then started high school, and all of the sudden it was time to drop Maddie off at college.
It was a whirlwind summer that ended with a sudden and massive change in my day-to-day experience of what it means to be at home.
Since then, I’ve been resting, and dreaming, and adjusting to the new rhythms of my life with Maddie being away at school.
Those of you who’ve had kids move away understand the strange territory of letting go of a nearly adult child. I knew it would be different, and perhaps difficult, yet I was not at all prepared for the intensity of this change.
As busy as I’ve been with other things throughout Maddie’s life: marriage and work and friends and family and, for the past 14 years, parenting another child as well, I had not fully realized the amount of energy, emotion, thought and time I had wrapped up in Maddie’s daily presence.
There is a lot of empty space in my life at the moment.
You would think it would have been easy, with this free time I’ve found, to write to you, and to get a lot of other work done too.
And yet, I haven’t.
My soul has been counseling me not to rush to fill the emptiness.
So I’ve been observing my inner life, asking myself what I want and need each day.
I have some new projects waiting for me: a website redesign; fresh online courses; retreat and workshop possibilities; another CD of poetry and reflections; creative collaborations with consultants, educators, healers and artists; and my new book on the 5 Truths of Celtic Spirituality.
I’m noticing the temptation to jump head first into all those shiny new work adventures. And I AM excited to share them with you.
Yet I’m going to see what it feels like, instead, to ease on into them, instead of doing everything at once.
I’ll tell you about these new opportunities for us to connect as they blossom and ripen.
Meanwhile, I’m sending you love and blessings and hopes that you will savor the delicious spaces in your life.
Breathe into them, and feel what you feel.
I’m right there with you.
And Everything We Need Is Right Here.
The Manifestation Maven