These last few weeks have flown by. Everything I touch, do, and connect with lately has the signature of a higher power all over it. I can't say I've seen anything come together so quickly, so efficiently, and so well, as this new center has. I stand back in awe at its perfection every day, and remain curious as to how and why this ended up in my hands, in my life. Even opening day was as if something else was handling it all and, may I say, doing a magnificent job, too. I applaud their artistry!
Tired does not begin to define how I have felt this past week. On the point of delirium may begin to give you an idea. The days seem to fly by. Sleep, although I've been completely wiped out, eluded me many nights. Finally, rest arrived just last night. Even as I sit here and type this at 12:30 in the morning, knowing full-well I ought to have been asleep two hours ago, I remain determined to get this and "just one more thing" done before my head touches my pillow for the night. Just one more thing. I shake my head because I know it's because I'm too tired to get up and go to bed. Yes, that one more thing is to go get washed then crawl into bed. If only I could get up from this chair.
The center isn't finished, but every day it looks more and more like it wants to. I've had two radio interviews already and tomorrow is one with a local newspaper. The place isn't truly "camera-ready" but soft lighting and angled well she'll show just fine. Then come placing ads and more interviews, and a Grand Opening celebration. Then holiday shoppers and fun. It's been a whirlwind so far and we've only just begun. I love it. I really do. This is a good thing that's happening and I am glad and grateful for it materializing and unfolding in my life. And, I look forward to you being on stage here with us.
That's a wrap.
Just as a hard seed lies beneath the fertile soil, and in all appearances looks like it's doing nothing but sitting there, so too does this new venture. Little by little the outside of a seed becomes softer then begins to swell. Slowly, a hint of life within begins to emerge. Not ready to be on its own, this new sprout still nestles, protected within the seed, ever growing, ever expanding, until the time is right to make its debut and finally emerge, eagerly reaching for the sun, and for the heavens above. But, one thing is for certain; just as the seed does emerge and grow into a magnificent and strong plant, so shall this new business emerge at just the right time and become a hub for healing in the community.
Hello, and welcome to My Garden of Healing. My name is Marina (Liaros) Naples and this amazing concept began quite recently and has captivated me since its inception into my soul. Like the seed above, it lay dormant -waiting- and I was unaware of its presence within. Then one day it bumped me, it nudged me, and whispered to me. I heard its call and answered. Since then, it hasn't stopped speaking, guiding, and cultivating me for what's soon to come.
Before it called out to me I was only seeking a small space as a laboratory to make my own all-natural home and body care products for my own company, 'Marina's Luscious Body'. I almost shared a space with a small bakery but an unexpected personal situation unraveled their future and we parted ways before we joined together. I continued to look. Now looking for a spot just for me -just a small space- as in "a table for one, please". I'd be happy with that and off I went looking at space after space. Except, none of the places was as I expected. They were all larger than I needed. So I thought, "Well, I'd have to fill up the extra space with something. But what?" Create a sitting area? Split the space with another business owner? Just find an existing commercial kitchen somewhere else I could use when they were closed? Nothing felt like a fit. Until..... Ah-ha! There it was, another whisper into my soul. Carry goods from other like-minded people! "A store?" I asked myself. "What in the world would I do with a store?" But, I decided, well, okay, lets go with that. But, I still had space left over and needed to use it for something more yet. And, THAT is when the sprout pushed through the seed and the complete picture revealed itself! A laboratory, a store, a learning center for workshops, classes, lectures, and a room for private sessions too! Wow! That is when the seedling poked through the fertile soil and reached for the sky.....
..... I was going to open an actual CENTER encompassing all the topics, all the practices, that not only do I deeply value and live, but also of those that I had been raised with and by since a young child. A holistic, metaphysical, spiritual, sovereign, sustainable, organic, mysterious, and ancient ways of this and outer worlds CENTER. Wow......I could hardly believe it but there it was, blooming right before my eyes. The colors and scents were enticing and invigorating, and I became completely and forever captivated. I dug in and rooted myself along with it. I am in love with this unexpected and beautiful gift that was for some reason graciously bestowed upon me and I look forward to it coming to fruition for all who grace it with their presence once the perfect location is found and its doors are finally open.
Please join me on this magical and healing journey into.....My Garden of Healing.