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August 1 is a special date for me. I began my massage practice on this day in 1993. Most of the last 20 years, I have been on some kind of spiritual retreat or workshop on August 1. This year I had the opportunity to spend a few days in the high desert of Utah, four hours south of Salt Lake City. The terrain was stark, beautiful, wide open. I was surrounded by trees, rocks, sagebrush, and sky, visited by hummingbirds, ground squirrels, jackrabbits, cottontails, lizards, bats, and one shy snake.