Welcome Home, Housemate!


How do you greet someone who’s just spent nine days not making a sound?

Our housemate Aneeta (who, incidentally, also authors the simple, generous, deeply healing, and truth-tellingly politicized dharma blog In The Process of Being) returns today from her first residential meditation retreat. In my experience, though each time is different, emerging from the womb-crucible of the meditation center has usually felt giddy and tender, and I’m amazed at how much effort is required just to speak. I feel it in my vocal chords. Each word, laugh, or murmur of assent demands attention in order to be born.

So as much as I’m looking forward to hearing all about her experience, I don’t want to be all like, Come verbalize with me!!! the second she walks in.

Frosting and sprinkles, then, to ease the initial homecoming.

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(Mini-cupcakes, one of Aneeta’s favorite foods, from James and The Giant Cupcake.)

5 thoughts on “Welcome Home, Housemate!

  1. aneeeeeeeta January 30, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    [friendship…] FRIENDSHIP! verbalizing with you is as honest, peaceful and transformative as meditation. it helps me bring to awareness that which brings me sadness, confusion and delight. all of this in a blanket of metta.

    you are home to me my friend. i hope you can feel my gratitude for not only the welcome home but our AWEsome friendship <3 <3 <3

    (and if ryan happens to read this: i love you tooooooooo!!!!)

  2. bpb January 31, 2012 / 8:13 am

    noble chatter? ;)

    nothing says it all better for me than a smile and a hug.

  3. Mahfam January 31, 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Dude. Cuteness to the max.

  4. kloncke February 1, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    Heart y’all. Yes, bpb, noble chatter!!!! :)

  5. JM February 5, 2012 / 8:57 pm

    Again, inspiring and beautiful. Thanks for sharing the moments in life that are precious. Your pictures also say a lot.
    CU SOON!!!!

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