Honoring My Journey

Sleep eludes me in these early morning hours, as my mind traces over the past two years, lessons learned, lives that I have been blessed to have been a part of, and the place by the sea that I have spent so much of my time and energy the past several years.

Today marks my final day as an employee at Soba Recovery Center in Malibu, CA. My husband and I have decided to move from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, and since we made the decision to journey north, three words have echoed in my mind.

The first is ‘bittersweet.’  While I am looking forward to the future, I truly love the work that I do at Soba and feel eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to work in a place that has given me the flexibility and independence to do the work I love and many inspiring clients to work with and share in the healing journey.

The second word is ‘faith.’ Faith to trust in my journey, to trust that moving to Oregon is the best move for myself and my family, to have faith in my work as it evolves to include a larger private practice and workshops in a new city, that there will be connections formed and an opportunity to make enough so that I can do what I love to do the next day.  To have faith that I am following my road, my journey, and that the sun shines just as brightly in Oregon, and more rain means fresh air and more rainbows.

And the third word is ‘excitement.’  Waves of excitement wash over me for what is to come in life.  Excitement in celebrating the horizon, pausing to soften into the currents of change. Excitement to incorporate the healing magic of the forest into my life, my work, and my own journey.

Paulo Coehlo, author of the famous book, The Alchemist, writes:

“In life, a person can take one of two attitudes: to build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find that they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.

Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.

Gardeners always recognize each other, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.”

Thank you for being a part of my journey, the seeds, the fertile earth, the rain, and the sun, as your courage and bravery continue to inspire my own garden to grow.

With love and warmth,


18 responses to “Honoring My Journey”

  1. This was such a beautiful message, Lindy! I’m practically in tears; it’s so moving. Thank you for sharing your journey with me and all those who love you! I love that Paul Coehlo quote, too. It’s perfect!

  2. Good luck with your move, Lindy. Portland, OR is one of my favorite places in the whole world. I think you will absolutely love it and thrive there.

  3. BEST WISHES… gosh I’m glad I got to connect in person before you left town. You are such an important part of so many clients recovery I am sure you are going to be missed BIG TIME. Let’s try to keep in touch. I believe there is a lot of work to be done around grief and loss management in recovery and you are one of the gifted practitioners that clients are lucky to have as part of their recovery. Portland is lucky to have you.

  4. Blessings on your journey. May your plantings bear much fruit. Of course, some pruning is always necessary.

  5. Very warm and loving Lindy!! There’s so Much for you and Ben to look forward to as you build your future and plant your gardens.

  6. Congratulations on your journey. I know you will do and be amazing because YOU are!! May your garden be fruitful and luscious and may you make a compost out of any ‘junk or trash’ along the way letting it become food for your garden to help you in your growth!!

  7. I’m excited to be living in the same city again! You will do great up here, and will find your niche… Day by day!

  8. Thank you Lindy, it has been an honor to know you and work with you. I wish you the best on your journey!!!

  9. Lindy….know that you are loved and respected by many and that our best wishes go with you and Ben as you take this new path. You and Ben both possess beautiful souls. So glad you will be on this journey together.