We have had SNOW, snow, and more snow. [The good news is that the house doesn't look like an igloo. Yet.]
After over two and a half feet of snow, Ole Man Winter decided to take a break from dumping mountains of white stuff on us. And he let Jack Frost take over.
Jack gave us some bitter artic temperatures that created ice sculptures on the houses.
Huge pillars of ice are reaching twenty feet toward the ground, delicate dribbles of ice create a lacy crystal veil, and a collection of ice spears bend inward toward the house like an row of big teeth.
We are surrounded by ice and snow. And we are living in a 'fortress of solitude'.
Do you remember Superman's secret hideout in the Artic? It was called 'The Fortress of Solitude'. [Gosh, I sound a little geeky.]
Created with the power of a special crystal from Superman's home planet Krypton, the Fortress emerged out of the Artic snow with big juts of ice formations and several smaller ice details. This was Superman's place to train and learn about his origins and abilities.
Well, that's what I think Lily Dale looks like right now. And it certainly adds to the situation that Lily Dale is a special place to train and learn about our spiritual origins and abilities.
In addition (and synchronistically in keeping with the concept of Solitude), today I actually got to take one of my rare walks without a child in tow [he was napping with his Daddy]. I love my son, but it was nice to have Solitude. Just me and my thoughts. It was soooo nice.
Superman was definitely onto a good idea. Make that a GREAT idea.
Solitude is not loneliness. Loneliness is the pain of being alone. Solitude offers an opportunity to feel the glory of being alive.
In solitude, you have time to think and take stock of your life. And that's the gift I was given today. That is the gift you receive when you take time to meditate, when you take time to enjoy a walk, and when you have quiet moments to reflect.
Now that my son is a little older, I affirm to enjoy more moments of Solitude, to make and take the time for me (just me). I shall create a symbolic 'fortress of solitude' for those opportunities.