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  • There was a night that will always burn brightly in my memory like few others. It was Good Friday. There was a Full Moon. It was exactly one month after Dad had made his transition.

    There were 13 of us gathered in the woods. 12 of us would enter the Sweat Lodge, 6 men and 6 women, while the firekeeper remained outside, keeping the fire, heating the stones that would heat the lodge.

    It was sacred, my first Sweat Lodge experience. It was dark inside, nearly pitch black. Only a fresh, glowing stone in the center pit would cast a dim light within the small, circular lodge. The leader addressed the spirits in each direction – North, South, East, West – and we each spoke when so moved. We developed our own language, our own code, as we spoke in the dark, as we listened to the silence when it spoke.

    Someone said “Ho!” after someone else had said something that especially resonated, and the group mind just adopted that as the acknowledgement of any words that resonated deeply. “Ho!”

    By the 2nd hour, it felt at times as if we were one larger mind, as the differences between us seeped out with the sweat that escaped our pores, and we became as one being for a time. We continued to share and sweat for four hours. Lot of sweat. Lot of “Ho’s”! A whole lot of love.

    A night I will always remember.
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