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Stretching Myself: Body, Mind and Soul

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you
as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

~John Muir

It’s the beginning of August and even though summer took a while to get here in the Northwest, I’m loving that it is finally here.

I am a summer lover and refer to its essence as “summertime mode,” which plays an important role in connecting into our innate playful nature; definitely a stress reliever!

This summer I decided to stretch myself out of my physical comfort zone and now am almost ready to leave for my long prepared John Muir Trail hike in the Sierras in California.

john muir trailI’ll be hiking about 60-70 miles or so of it. My amazing husband is planning on doing the entire 221 miles and more given some of the side trails he needs to take for re-supplies and rest stops!

I’m looking forward to it, but also am quite aware that I may have times of struggles.
I may wonder “what the heck was I thinking?”

That’s when I’ll need to STOPRead the rest

The Soul of Travel

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

~Miriam Beard

There’s no limit to the amount of passion we can experience. For instance, one of my greatest passions is fulfilling my purpose. And my purpose involves enhancing my consciousness, expanding my awareness, and creating greater density in my energy field. Travel certainly supports those aspects of my greater purpose. Yet, it can only really do that if the experiences and knowledge learned are integrated into my authentic being.

waiting for streetcarMany times we travel and are simply observers. We witness the sights, endure the change in our routine, and perhaps enjoy the rest from our work. But, have we actually been changed by the experience? Are we significantly altered in our consciousness or existence?

Think about a trip you have taken, and consider whether the experience actually made a change in who you are as a soul and as a personality. Did you learn something that you are now applying? (Even if that is something simple like greater tolerance or patience.) Has the experience changed you in ways other than simply having stories and photos to … Read the rest

Miss Out on Machu Picchu?

5.55am! Oh my God I’ve missed the trip up to Machu Picchu.

As it was daylight outside I knew it could only mean one thing – the group on this Peru Odyssey sacred adventure had gone up to the crystal city without me. I was horrified. My main concern was how to tell people I’d been in Machu Picchu Pueblo, just a 25 minute bus ride from one of the most awesome Seven Wonders of the World and not experienced it.

‘I’ll tell them I was ill,’ was my thought.

As I mulled over my embarrassment a ringing song-sound erupted by my head.

The alarm!

It was 4.00am. It was still dark outside and it had been a dream.

Of course this group would never leave me behind.

By the time you’ve gone through shamanic ceremonies at extraordinary ancient sacred sites, experienced a psychedelic sacred plant medicine and been vulnerable enough to allow your weaknesses to peek below your hemline you have a pretty good bond with the group around you. As the physical weakest link I’ve had to accept helping hands a lot of the time and they’ve been there for me whenever required. I don’t like being the … Read the rest