Today I went to a retreat about compassion and meditation that was pretty much all day. It was very liberating and freeing. We started off with having a guided meditation that was 45 minutes, but it didn't really seem like it. We had to maintain our posture for so long, while controlling our breathes and thoughts(having a clear mind). The guy conducting the retreat immersed himself in the practice -he became a monk and resided in Asia for about 10 years. He has worked with Dalai Lama, which I feel is inspiring and cool because I read a lot of things by Dalai Lama. 

I wrote tons of notes and left feeling calm and at peace. I felt I was meant to be there to receive the messages that were being taught to us. I left enlightened and feeling as if I can take on all things that create suffering in my life. I plan to practice meditation more so; I also want to get back into hiking and exercising--which I will start tomorrow. Being physically active will also help me mentally. I'm excited to start this new journey and I am hoping for the best for myself. 

I love you, Raven and am proud of you despite your circumstances and situations. Though you are not rich in the financial-sense---you are indeed rich in compassion, love, thoughtfulness, and intelligence...Always remember that, okay love?