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heart stone found on the path at Masada

I am finding hearts everywhere.
not just heart stones, though I'm finding many more of those than normal. also heart graffiti, hearts in advertisements, heart motifs in ironwork, etc. this has been true for awhile (years and years) but it's especially true here in Israel. I am finding so many hearts!
at Masada, I had an intense moment of silence/ prayer/ solitude standing by myself in the middle of the south end just past the columbarium. I opened my eyes, glanced down, and found a heart stone directly at my feet. 
tears of thankfulness and connection and grief and love and joy. yes. 
it was intense. and it was exactly what I needed.

heart stone found at the waterfall, Ein Gedi


it struck me later on, as I walked through the throngs of people on the other side of the complex (the northern palace) that this may be an unusual thing to experience at Masada. (indeed, at almost any public place in Israel.) 
yet I am having many of these moments. findi…

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