"I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience,and learn from it.
Life is never dull." ~ Oprah

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We are all Seekers here

I do not stand out amongst the crowd.  I am the crowd. My Light shines - it shines cohesively with the everyone.   We all talk about our feelings and thoughts (even the guys) and discuss amongst ourselves without judgement.  People are authentic here...REAL...grounded in their Higher Self...yet exploring and growing towards "more."  It's really beautiful!  

To quote Louise L. Hay:

"I am unique, and so is everyone else. We are all one in Spirit. Yet, our faces and bodies are quite different and so are our personalities. We are unique and different expressions of the one Life. There has never been anyone like me before, and I rejoice in my uniqueness. I am neither too much nor too little, and I do not have to prove myself to anyone. I choose to cherish and love myself as the Divine, magnificent expression of Life that I am. Being me is an exhilarating adventure! I follow my inner star, and sparkle and shine in my own unique way. I love life, and I love me!"

Here is a video of one of the Welcome Week activities, the Ice Cream Social.  
Check it out! You might just see me...

I'm really loving Fairfield.  It has a quaint appeal that cannot be reputed.  It's a small town with a downtown square, a few banks, two tattoo shops, and four coffee shops.  Not to mention, there are some great thrift stores in town!!!  Lucky Day, Goodwill, and Bargain Box.

The Beauty Shop is a great place to get your groove on...so if you are a musician and you're touring, make a stop in Fairfield.  Please :)

Cafe Paradiso is another fantastic place for coffee and music.   A friend and I ventured out one Friday night to see the Rosie Burgess Trio.  We both really enjoyed their music and energy! 

My favorite Chai latte comes from Revelations Cafe, which is also a great place to meet up with everyone on a Saturday night for food, books, and conversation!  

There are more than 70 trains that pass through Fairfield every day/night.  It's good to embrace their sounds and attempt to ignore the fact that they are all pulling coal.  So here goes for honoring everything around me, including the fabulous sunset.  

Back to school...
My first block (class) is/was STC (the Science and Technology of Consciousness), as it is for all new undergraduate students.  It helps us understand what "Consciousness-based Education" is all about.  I've truly enjoyed it.  I see and read things from a whole new perspective!  I completed my final project earlier today.  My partner was my friend Maja and we put together a piece I like to call "Poetry in Motion - a woman's perspective."  It was the most fluid and fun project I've ever completed!!!  

Next block, starting October 3rd, I'm taking Higher States of Consciousness.  I believe it will be a good follow-up to STC and places me well on my way for the other Vedic Science classes.

Food here on campus is buffet-style.  The food service is very good for a college cafeteria, and I am really grateful to have prepared food available to me when I want it.  Occasionally, I yearn for something different (about once a week) and splurge somewhere off campus.

I have a work-study job at the Recreation Center.  I work 2-hour shifts, 3 days a week.  I normally work my preferred 5p-7p shift, as it coordinates best for my personal life.  I like having a job here.  I enjoy greeting everyone when they come in!   And it comes easy to me, as I worked at a similar place in my early twenties.  Plus, it provides me a tiny bit of spending money.  

Living in the ladies dorms is usually quite nice; even sharing bathrooms isn't  too bad.  The ladies are normally considerate of the "Quiet hours" which are from 9:15pm to 9:15am, so it's easy to enjoy some down time for study or socializing in my room.  

The general schedule goes something like this:
8:15a    group meditation 
9-10a    breakfast
10-12p  class
12-1p    lunch
1-3:15p      class
3:15-6:30p free time
6:30-8p      dinner
8p-9:15p    social events
9:30p         suggested bed time to enable enough rest for the next day

There is never a moment to be bored around here!  Almost every day and for sure, every weekend, there are events happening.  They are educational, inspirational, and enjoyable.

Our first cultural event of the year was the Ethiopian New Year.  Watch some of the highlights....we had so much fun!  I got my groove back on the dance floor  ;)

There is a wonderful age-range of students.  I consider myself the medium.   The younger students are so lucky to have their college education start here!  And I'm lucky to have the opportunity to complete mine here.  I have met some really beautiful people and look forward to getting to know them all better.  I am comfortable.  I am Home.