Thank you for this great submission to the photo challenge, Erika! I have so much to unpack here:

First, I am so happy that you appear to have received the nudge from the Universe that you were seeking. I am excited for you and hope you keep us updated on the beginning of a new stage in your life.

I've never been to Arizona or to any state further west than Nebraska - never have I seen a desert. Your photos are as foreign to me, in a wonderful way, as pictures of another planet. Thank you for allowing me to share in your experience.

I have a empathic friend (also, a yoga teacher) who loves Sedona but can only stay there for a couple of days because the energy is so strong that it exhausts her. Do you experience anything like that there? She loves the feeling that remains when she returns home, however.

I have had some health issues recently - no, NOT Covid, but an old chronic condition that stretched and awoke and made my life hell for a couple of weeks. I am slowly returning to normal. Part of my healing therapy has been singing and crystal bowls. I have one Tibetan bowl but haven't felt well enough to use it very much. Instead, I have been relying on YouTube videos, which have been life-savers. I admire you fine collection of bowls.

I am interested in the two books you have in the photo of the bowls. Recommendations?

Lastly, I know how sad it is that your yoga studio closed. Once this thing is over, we will be more aware of all that was lost during the pandemic. So many small businesses are silently disappearing - and, yet, Trump considers himself a champion of small businesses - Ha! Many communities will take a very long time to recover. My city has lost most of its locally-owned restaurants and a few shops. By next summer, only McDonald's may be left :( And, we are losing so many large stores, also - thank you, again, Trump. It's predicted that the major anchor stores in our mall will close within a year, and with them, the mall itself. Already, a nearby hospital is bargaining to have first option to buy the space.

Even if we are not faced with a major life decision because of the pandemic, as you were, we are all in a state of flux. We may be living lives that were similar to those before Covid but our surroundings are changing rapidly. You are not alone in this journey.

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