[Book #54, left in Cincinnati, Ohio by Book Fairy Julie Keefe.]
I have a lovely follow-up to this gem of a story, which is an email I received earlier this month from the woman who found the book:
"Hi Christine ~
I am the lucky recipient of book 54. My husband and I and our 25 year old son were attending a five and a half day silent retreat at the Milford Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio, and it was an extraordinary spiritual experience. I felt like the happiest woman in the world to be able to share it with both my husband and son.
One beautiful afternoon I decided to walk the Labyrinth with no particular question in mind - just a heart brimming with gratitude. A few minutes into the experience I spied the package in the center and could see that it said: "This is a gift for you." I thought that I would have to deal with that issue when I arrived in the center as I tried to stay present to my meditation. When I arrived in the center, it was difficult for me to accept that this could "really" be for me. I picked it up and proceeded to think of many reasons why I should not take it. I left the center and left the book behind.
Then, of course, I began to doubt my leaving it and experienced much ambivalence about my decision. Finally, I just hopped back into the center, unwrapped the package and began to look at the book. I decided that it was, indeed, for me.
Theresa also shared her dedication to the Dhamma Moli Project in Nepal. Please visit their website and learn more about this important project.