A mountain of healing herbs and a wedding

Tim Miller has checked in from the Vortex that is Mt. Shasta, and I think it safe to say we’re missing things.

As Tim points out, Mercury is about to turn direct, meaning the past week and a half around the mountain has been the perfect time to get away from the work-a-day world. Let’s let Tim explain:

A yoga retreat is the perfect thing to do during Mercury’s retrograde—unplugging from our normal day-to-day routine to get a little better perspective on ourselves, and doing things specifically designed to feed the Soul. As a teacher, it is the ideal learning environment–everyone is particularly receptive because they are relaxed and having fun, and I get to see them at their best.

Tim also provides a description of Mt. Shasta that’s new to me, and one that I kind of can’t believe I didn’t put together earlier:

One of the great images of Hanuman shows him flying through the air carrying the Mountain of Healing Herbs back to the battlefield in Lanka, where Ravana’s son, Indrajit, has cast a spell of seeming death on Rama, Lakshmana, and their army of monkeys and bears. The Mountain of Healing Herbs brings the seemingly dead back to life and Hanuman saves the day. For me, Mt. Shasta is like the Mountain of Healing Herbs. It has great powers of rejuvenation and acts as a catalyst for some deep emotional cleansing and healing. I’ve seen it happen every year these past twenty years, both for myself and others, and every time I leave Mt. Shasta I feel that I have shed another layer of illusion and embraced a new level of consciousness.

That’s absolutely the case; we’re hoping a week (or two, in Bobbie’s case) down in Encinitas with Tim will somehow act similarly.

I want to finish with one important note. Our friend from Shasta, Suzy, is getting married on Sunday (with Tim as the Celebrant) to a fellow yogi and math teacher she met two years ago at Shasta. We wish the absolute best to Suzy and Chris as well as a wonderful Sunday morning. That should really make for an amazing Circle of Tears.

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