Today we said farewell to my husbands Cousin Piotr and his Wife Biata (from Poland). It’s always good to have friends or relatives stay – particularly if they are from out of the area. One main reason for this is it’s time again to revist the favorite places and feel joy when others get to have lovely experiences.
This morning we caught the 9am ferry from Palm Beach over to the basin (an area in Kuringai Chase National Park). Greeted by seeing 1 then 2 then 3 then 5 Swamp Wallabies each in its own location eating quietly. Biata went so quietly and slowly up to one and her patience was rewarded by being able to hand feed it the leaves from a plant growing nearby.
Andre, Piotr and Biata went for a walk to see if there were any Goannas (monitor lizards – big ones) around. They found and watched one. We had seen one a few days earlier as well when on the Pittwater eco-kayak. That one was eating a Sting Ray that was on the beach.
While they did goanna watching my every so brave and keen kids got me to speed up and get into the water teh snorkel with them. I knew we were only over at the basin for a short time so better get in quick. All 3 of us mask and snorkles on then under we went looking out for stingrays so as not to read on them. Focusing on the fish though as that is want we wanted to see more than stingrays.
Delicate looking, almost translucent Whiting were gliding across the sandy flats. Swimming in groups of similar sized fish – most were small fish upto about 10cm long. I went underwater and then came up tipping my head back as i did to get the water out. My daughter said “what did you just do?” I explained then did it aginn. Then she did it – wonderfully well ringht under then a fully cleared snorkle ready for breathing again. She was so proud of herself and I was of her as well. After a few goes we got out, warmed up then fine mistly rain started then the downpour.
We ran for the picnic shelters and sat there chatting adn having fruit and dips while the fresh rain fell heavly. I went out and stood in it – as did my son – the words of the night prayer given to me by Cherokee Elder Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha came to me
“I love the rain it is the Grandmother’s Kissing me, Healing me, Cleansing me”.
I also reacalled being in the Desert area of South Australia, a special place called “Arkaroola” Grandmother had leeft us to do medicine work – for this land was being threatened by totally inappropriate uranium mining and other things. We went the the land caretaker – a very caring person – in his little open back jeep to see the Land. It absolutley poured and poured and poured heavier even than I’ve experienced in tropical monsoon rain. We could ahv ebeen really cold so to change that we sung :i’m warm I’m warm ….. plus lots of other songs as we wizzedd around on the clay type tracks. The rain that day certainly felt like a huge cleansing. Shortly after that officiallys found thath the mining company who had the exploration license has been doing many innappropriate and dangerous things. Their license wsa not renewed.
So todays little morning rain was a small cleansing – after two hours we were back on the ferry, the Cousins to the airport and I to the office.
More bookings for the Workshop with Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha on the 12th of January and it was a great day. I stated my day at 5.30 with the morning prayer followed by a lovely run then meditation. I had said my morning greeting of ” Good morning Great Spirit I am again today in this World I am happy I am awake, may today my eyes see 1000 beautiful things and my hands hold 100 sacred objects, good morning Great Spirit in the …….trees, the wind, in Kade, in Maja, in myself……
and so it went with my mind ready to see so much greatness and it did.
Wishing you 1000 beautiful things in your day
Ela way de ye Un Liti