Going Abroad = Being Healed

December 19 – Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011?

I know at this point I am starting to sound like a broken record, but again, it was my trip to Thailand that healed me this year.

Before I left the country I was feeling terrible – I was having doubts in my relationship with Mike, I was burnt out and overworked from my master’s program, and I was pondering whether or not I have made the right life decisions. Leaving everything in the U.S. was exactly what I needed to relax, reflect, and have a fresh new start.

Going to Thailand helped me on so many different levels. I missed Michael deeply and wanted to tell him about everything, which demonstrated that I really care about him and wanted him to be a part of my life. I surrounded myself with the top academics in the field, and through their energy I regained enthusiasm in academia and even brainstormed dissertation ideas with my friend Beth Kuch. And exploring a new culture, making new friends, and having new experiences taught me that I do have a lot to offer, I can make a difference through my work, and that there is still so much more out there that I need to learn.

By the time I came back to the States, I was renewed, refreshed, and ready to really delve deep into my soul and think about who I am destined to be. That summer I thought deeply about what makes me happy and what steps I needed to take to get there. And overall I believe I became a stronger, wiser person – a renewed spirit who truly was, on all levels – healed.

In 2011, I hope to be healed on a more spiritual level – I want to find an inner peace with myself and be completely comfortable with who I am, who I am striving to be. I want to remove the anxiety from my life and approach everything with a sense of confidence and calmness. And I want to make sure that I never forget what my trip to Thailand gave me – a new perspective on my life, and a deeper appreciation for everyone and everything in it.

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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