A few weeks ago, the day I realized one of my sources of income had come to an end, I discovered an ad for a position that would take me a few hours east of Winnipeg to lake country, to Sioux Narrows, Ontario. I applied for it on a whim, thinking a change of scenery would do me some good.
Here I am a few weeks later, sitting on the dock by the lake, clean air filled with the scent of fir, pine, birch and poplar. Bird song fills the air. As I sit here I watch a few eagles fly by. There were some mallard ducks by the end of the dock when I came down, and I believe I am hearing the song of a loon.
On my trip out, a few miles from here, I saw a fox, swerved to miss a turtle crossing the road, and saw a deer. I passed by cliffs of granite, lakes, more lakes, and forest. The place that I will call home for the summer backs onto some forest area. I already had a couple of deer come by to welcome me and saw another one in my yard this afternoon. We visited a bit through my kitchen window. They look a bit splotchy grey at the moment as they are still shedding their winter coat.
When the water warms up a bit more, I will make a habit of a daily swim in the lake. Maybe I will find someone to teach me to kayak or someone to join me on a canoe ride once in a while. I would love to explore the shorelines of the lakes in the area and find some of the waterfalls.
Aside from the fact that I have come to a place that is a little slice of heaven, why would I put almost everything else on hold to come out here? I often have yearnings to get out of the city to feel connected with nature. I have been craving a change of scenery. Usually, I am drawn to a sacred site in the Whiteshell. I will have my time there next week when the women gather.
I have a lot of beautiful things starting to brew with my healing practice. I decided it would be healthy for me to allow some space for them to gel over the next few months. It is also a good opportunity for me to do some self-care, to be in the best possible place by the fall for all of that to happen. Other obligations seemed to have found a way of working themselves out.
It gets me away from distractions, so I can focus on healing, finish editing my book, so it will be ready for publishing shortly. It breaks me away from what is routine, “the usual” for me. I think it is good to shake things up a bit every now and then. It opens doors for new opportunities, self-discovery, and awakening.
This is a peaceful place to be. I believe my work here at this resort will be at fairly relaxed pace. Maybe opportunities to offer Reiki here will present themselves too.
As I sit here by the water, looking over the lake to take in the beauty I see in front of me, all I can say, is “How does it get any better than this?”
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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca . “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 48 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent the last 17 years in Financial Services. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki , ThetaHealing®, and now IET®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”