What a wonderful opportunity to spend time last week with 10 college friends in Palm Springs! These special women are sorority sisters and the bond of friendship spans over five decades. For me, going to a setting with consistent sunny skies, low 80s temperatures and an easy pace was just the calm energy that nourished my body and spirit.
My friends wanted to experience Tai Chi, which was music to my ears as I love to lead others in the graceful moves, calming, yet energizing practice of Tai Chi and QiGong. I could feel our energy soften, turn to the moment and there we connected through our breath and through visualizing our roots like a tree reaching deep into the earth. My friends loved the walk backward practice, keeping feet parallel, hip-width apart. I mentioned a talk I recently viewed on YouTube saying that walking backwards is an excellent practice from improving balance. Plus, I find it very relaxing and enjoyable.
Along with Tai Chi we had lots of good conversation and wonderful food. On Halloween night we went to Sammy G’s and most of us wore pink to honor Barbie.
View of Palm trees from terrace at Bongo Johnny’s
The deep blue sky, palm trees, mountains and sandy-colored ground and buildings were a great backdrop for surrounding us with beauty and happiness to be right where we were. We commented how wonderful it was to not be scheduled, to share fun stories and also life challenges. Friends are so important to our well-being and the best part — we laughed a lot. A LOT. That was the best of all.