I am going to focus this blog on what I have been learning on this journey thus far. Going into the mountains for three days without even looking at a clock once was more than I ever could have hoped for. I can honestly say that I am not the same person I was driving up the mountain as when I was driving down. The lessons I learned are for a lifetime. First of all...I have never felt so connected in my life before. I was so connected to myself, my group, and the earth. I went through some things on that mountain that made me realize that my vision of the world is limited. I get angry when I think about communicating to people in my life and how I never really feel listened to. BUT in reality, I wasn't listening either. I learned to listen. It is the most powerful thing you can do...listen and witness someone's heart and mind. In return, I have never felt more listened to by others than on this mountain. i sat with my thoughts and was patient until it was my turn to speak...my thoughts grew and deepened the more I listened. It is a magical thing how much listening can pull things out of people and truly allow dialogue between people. I was watching the sunset on the last morning in the mountains when I was asked, what do I want to remember when facing the next two weeks ahead of me. This is what I came up with... R emember the stories and beauty in peoples hearts, minds, and souls. E embrace the fact that my vision of reality is much more limited than I imagined, and that I may be wrong. M end my wounds but don't forget they are still there and the things I try to leave behind are still a part of who I am and who I will become. E nrich my being by opening up my heart, mind, and soul. M ake my desires, dreams, wishes, goals, and purpose a reality. B e brave to be vulnerable and rise above and grow through though and fearful situations and barriers, even when I have fallen. E mbarck on my journey in life with strong compassion for myself, others, and the earth. R ecognize that I am unique and have beauty in my heart, mind, and soul, and that I can share that with the world. Without this time in the mountains...I don't think I would have been ready to COME IN RIGHT to South Africa or feel supported enough to go through what we will together as a group. So as I face the challenges and life ahead of me on this journey here in South Africa and in my life, I will REMEMBER.