\r\n\r\nI have been so busy with many retreats in the last month and am happy to now have some time for blogging. I wanted to share about the amazing, beautiful Japanese women who came to a special Sacred Partnership and Dolphins Retreat a few weeks ago.\r\n\r\nAs you all know, the devastation in Japan has been so very challenging on so many levels and the collective heart of humanity is glowing with love and compassion for their plight of the courageous Japanese people. We did not know if these women could actually come to our retreat in Hawaii since it began only a week after the event and were so pleased when they all contacted the organizer, Yoko, to tell her that yes, they could make it. \r\n\r\nWe were so impressed by their courage and ability to experience joy in the wake of their week’s experiences. Though all of them were in areas that were not as affected as the north and had not lost any family members or property, they all had dear friends who had faced that devastation. There were some moments of emotion during the retreat, which was so understandable, but for the most part, they shared deeply about their lives and other challenges and were transformed by the energy of love in the group as we all merged with the dolphins.\r\n\r\nWhat really impressed me was what they told us about these friends who had lost everything. These women said that they were very hesitant to come to Hawaii to enjoy something so wonderful while their friends were suffering and told their friends this. Their friends told them this, “Please go and have fun and open to the joy of the dolphins because when you come back you will bring that joy to us and to Japan. We want to move forward, not backward and this will help us too.”\r\n\r\nThis is the spirit with which the Japanese people are facing this crisis. They are showing the world how, with harmony and co-operation, we can, as humanity, face any challenge if we do it together. So inspiring!