A Birthday blogette…

I have just returned from the most glorious birthday treat Hammam!

I loved the experience so much; lots of scrubbing with black soap and sloshing of buckets of water over us! Anadi and I had a ‘couples treatment’…

After we were clean and shiny as new pins, we were lead upstairs to our massage… Total heaven! And finally we soaked in a jacuzzi bath in a candle lit room, before relaxing with Moroccan mint tea.

Amazingly we found our way through the narrow cobbled streets, without getting lost this time! – To our home for now, beautiful Riad Saba in Marrakech….

One of the unexpected highlights of my Hammam, was that the manager thought I was Spanish!
I answered “Si’ instead of ‘Yes’, as I am so used to being in Spain….

He spoke to me in Spanish thereafter! And I understood everything and spoke back…!

We also spoke some English too… I said to Anadi that he must think my English very good for a Spanish person… 🙂

I have had such a brilliant birthday…

Anadi and I have been made so welcome by Jamal… We first came to Riad Saba sixteen months ago and it is wonderful to be back…

This morning we ran barefoot through the square in the Medina and found a park, with a football pitch where I did ten laps, striding the lengths and jogging the shorter bits…

As, I write the evening chanting is ringing out all around.

It heralded the start of my birthday at 5am…

A joyous beginning and end to the day.

And now to my birthday dinner….

Thank you for the days…

Today I woke to a new life, the day stretching ahead, endless days stretching ahead…

As I write these words, I am reminded of the Kirsty MacColl song ‘Thank you for the days’

I love that song…

Thank you for the days
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I’m thinking of the days
I won’t forget a single day believe me
I bless the light
I bless the light that lights on you believe me…

It feels today like a song to myself… A recognition that everything is a reflection of my own inner truth…
So within, so without…

And so this is my life now… An endless day….
Revealing itself now…

This never ending day started with Anadi and I driving to Barbati beach… My feet didn’t want to run there today. We arrived to an empty vista, except for George and Spiros getting their boat ready for the imminent summer season…

Sitting right at the waters edge, watching the sun climb high into the sky, we chanted the Gayatri mantra together, with the sound of the lapping waves our musical accompaniment…

We stayed awhile longer by the edge of the Ionian ocean, which looked like a blue gold limpid pool of magic nectar, beckoning us in to experience its rejuvenating powers…

And so we leapt into its freezing embrace!

Let the magic begin…

We swam awhile, the cold took my breath away… I started to feel dizzy and so I went to the shore to let the sun warm me for a little, before diving back into my turquoise world….

We both stayed in the water for a few minutes longer until I needed another sun break!
Sun, sea, sun, sea, sun ,sea and then out to breakfast on the beach….

I am in my birthday month too…
Nearly 58 years since I arrived here on planet earth… What an experience, the opportunity to know ourselves through the body…

I thank the days, those endless days of learning and experiencing. Reflecting now, it feels that I have spent many many many days shedding everything I thought I was, to experience a deeper sense of truth within…

Thank you for journeying with me…

We will see now what this new space reveals as I travel without shoes, in fact without many possessions at all, not even a swimming costume at moment!

Such a joy, to be…

The sun is shining brightly and Angela and I have spent a day outside. We met as the sun was rising above the sea at 8.15 am, and then walked along the beach and up the dry river bed which apparently goes all the way to Granada, and which was very wet in patches at the beginning!

But we leapt over the streams and soon we’re heading up into the hills, the path went on and on and I couldn’t find the promised loop…! So eventually we turned for home and finished on the beach where we sat facing the sun, chanted together with the sound of the waves our music.

Such joy, to be, to simply be in nature and to clear away any tension within, the chants vibrating through our body with the sun on our skin.

Only yesterday Anadi and I left Buxted Park early in the morning.

We had such a wonderful time there, it is like visiting family, we are embraced and welcomed home…
Rob knows what Anadi has for breakfast better than I do… As we discovered when we did a secret ‘Mr and Mrs ‘ test… Rob and I compared ‘whispered notes’ at the breakfast table as to what he would choose…
Rob got it right!

And then we sped to Gatwick, and Anadi dropped me off at the North Terminal…

We won’t meet again now for five whole weeks! It suddenly seemed a long time – too long – when we spent the evening together chatting over dinner on Wednesday.
But we are both good at living in the moment, and I so crossed the road to the terminal building… We waved and waved and then I was on the way to my new adventure and Anadi to his…

It was brilliant to find Ange in ‘departures’, and we had a lovely breakfast before boarding the plane for Spain…

As we were coming into land, we had got within a very short distance of touching down, when suddenly the pilot pulled the plane back up into take off mode again.

We climbed again up up up into the sky. Ange looked afraid, and I instantly re assured her, not at that moment feeling any fear…
The air steward announced that we would be communicated with by the pilot soon and that in so many words ‘not to worry…’

We started to head over the sea and then I got a feeling of fear down in my lower chakras…
And started to prepare to die by clearing the fear.

My intention for when I die is to let go and leave my body without tension or fear, and as we headed over the sea, neither Ange or I were sure if it meant something was wrong with the plane.
I thought that if this were the case, then the pilot wouldn’t crash land on land, but over the sea…

I said to Ange ‘at this point I prepare for death’ and we talked about what was going on for us both, as the captain remained silent…

And then he spoke…

As he came into land the aeroplane, it was apparent that it wasn’t safe as we were too near another aircraft and so he had to take off and fly around about until the ‘coast was clear’….

For Ange and I it had been a good ‘process’!
The start of our few days together of clearing and healing….
‘Julia’s people are everywhere’ Ange laughed….

Meaning that I had set that up as a workshop! (Ha ha!) We have a ‘joke’ that anytime a situation ‘triggers’ a reaction within, that I have set it up – and that I have ‘my people’ everywhere running ‘workshops’ for the benefit of helping others to clear all the pain and blocked energy from within.

This orientation can help to welcome reactivity as having come up for healing, rather than wishing it wasn’t there…!

And in truth the fear ignited within Ange and m by the thought of the possibility that the planes under carriage might be stuck (!) was a healing workshop for us both…!

And in ten minutes we had landed in sunny Spain, Marcus was there to meet us with our hire car and a hour later we were eating lunch on the terrace of Casablanca hotel in Almuñécar.