Treat yourself like you want to be treated.
Hello from New Mexico!
I'm back in Taos
at Mabel's House
for my annual retreat.
It is a homecoming, always.
Mabel's feels like home to me
because it's always been a place
for people to connect with their whole, strange selves.
You can feel it in the floorboards:
this is a place to Be Who You Are.
My lovely retreaters arrived yesterday
and it was so fun to see
how delighted they are with this beautiful place.
Even better, though,
is to see how they respond
when I tell them about our #1 agreement:
We each and all do as we please.
Want to attend the retreat workshops?
Want to nap instead?
Want to come to yoga in the morning?
Want to skip yoga and go boutique browsing instead?
Want to be alone?
Go on and be alone!
In this place
for this whole week
we practice being a community of generous people
who put ourselves first.
We practice minding our own business
(which by the way
is often woefully neglected,
and full of messages we've been too busy to hear).
We practice asking for what we want.
We practice listening in
to attend to our own needs and desires
rather than anticipating
the needs and desires of everyone else.
I wish you could see the retreaters' faces
as I announce this approach.
And I wish you could feel the ease
and P O W E R
as women treat themselves as well
as we've learned to treat others.
Wish you were here!