May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
A couple of weeks ago I had the special blessing of spending three nights at Bella la Vita Bed and Breakfast in Floyd, Virginia. Innkeepers, Lisal and Matthew, have created a comfortable, interesting inn with the intention that guests have a healing experience. I found that to be true for me.
My room, Ex Libis, was filled with books and a writing table – perfect. This, the heart room, displays Lisal’s collection of hearts and heartshaped rocks, which are, also, found tucked into other spaces on the property.
I was the only guest for two nights and had time to read to my heart’s content – often sitting on the deck outside. Lisal and I came together to chat, to share lunch, to tidy after breakfast and then went off to our personal space or personal tasks. It was so comfortable – like being a friend of the family.
We felt a soul-sister connection from our first meeting and soon discovered that she and my late husband both descend from the same Woodson ancestor. Fun to be cousins-in-law! Lisal is a writer, too, and gifted me with her inspiring book of poetry, Dark Matter, which I enjoyed in one sitting. She has a wonderful way with words.
BLESS THE SPACE BETWEEN US
In the stack of her favorite devotional books that she placed by my bed, I found and fell in love with John O’Donohue’s “To Bless the Space Between Us.” Within these wisdom blessings, I found words to describe my secret thoughts, moods, fears – states of being for which I was unaware that words even existed. Lisal let met take her copy to keep and ordered another for herself. Blessing!
For a New Beginning expresses our life path so very well – really a new beginning each day as we step out with a bit more courage. Another of his blessings that really touched my heart is Love in the Time of Conflict.
Three additional guests arrived on the final night of my stay. Two daughters brought their mother as a special celebration for her 87th birthday. We connected on a number of different levels. I joined them for the gourmet breakfast the next morning, where Lisal favored us with a reading of one of her poems. It was, also, fun to discover another possible cousin connection. We share the common family name of Hill, and both of our grandfathers were steam locomotive engineers in Roanoke, Virginia in the early 1920’s. Isn’t it fun when we stumble on the blessing of commonalities in connecting with our human family?
Much love to each of you from the beautiful Stone Barn Inn in Floyd, Virginia. I’m delighted to be back here, settled in until mid-October.