Two weeks later the assistant director for Healing Services fell and broke her hip. Bingo! I stepped into half of her job. I was responsible for receiving clients into the reception room, laundry and supplies. I had to learn to use a very old, out of date, database system that required memorizing code and commands. Some how I was able to manage it all. It was a bit odd wearing two hats, often in the same day. But it worked out. Sessions were fifty minutes long with a ten minute turn over. There was no air conditioning and no locks on any doors in the entire place. It was an old Jesuit retreat center turned ashram, turned yoga retreat center. The location was beautiful. The energy and food incredible. I met many interesting people. I spent a lot of time in the nap room or taking workshops and seminars for free!
I rented a room from, what I thought was, a nice couple who both worked at Kripalu. It turned out they were not getting along. He was drinking and she moved out. He never bothered me so I stayed. One morning I was just waking up when I heard a big noise downstairs that shook the house. When I got to the kitchen he was passed out on the floor. I knew he was diabetic and guessed he was drinking. Lucky me! I had to take first aide to get my license and knew just what to do! When there was no response I called 911. They arrived and gave him a glucose shot which immediately revived him. He took one look at me and said, “Why did you call them?” I assumed he wanted to die. Which was possible considering he could have gone into a coma and not come out. He was very angry with me at first. I said, “Well, it seems that it is not your time to go.”
After I saved this man’s life I felt that my mission was complete. I didn’t know I was on a mission but it was clear to me after it unfolded the way it did. I worked for another month and drove back home and resumed my life. Working and spending time at Kripalu was deeply transformational. First, I made peace with myself. I learned to let go of doing and perfection. I had to break out of old habits to learn to live more consciously. We all have a deep need to evolve spiritually. We have a responsibility to ourselves, each other and our Mother Earth. Our survival depends on this process. We are in a process of awakening to the possibility and the necessity for peace on all levels. Mindfulness requires that we slow down and become aware of each and every choice we make. I believe that we all want peace. If enough people want this we can create it. We do this through a practice of peaceful respectful living on a daily basis. Peace for our planet.