I am connected to my heart and intuition, allowing them to guide me on my life’s journey. I recognize the power of the Law of Attraction and embrace many spiritual practices in my daily life. I believe in the mind-body connection and that we should rule our minds, or our minds will rule us.
| September 18, 2016 |
I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown,
for going out, I found, was really going in.
– John Muir –
Oh yes, until sundown I did stay. I was so enraptured by Mount Rainier National Park that I surrendered to time and absorbed all the beauty of Panorama Point until darkness. Being that this was my first solo hike and I’m terrible at navigating (seriously), this definitely led to a wee bit fret, but I safely made it back to my car and have some incredible shots of sunset. Watching the complete colorful transition across the vast sky from High Skyline Trail added to the enchantment of the evening, and I sat in complete awe (thanks to Aharon Hannan, my sense of wonder is captured in my feature photo above).
I’ve come across the phrase “finding direction magnetically” a lot recently, and it’s truly resonated with me. I reflected on its meaning as I saw watching the sunset, breathing in the wild mountain air…
| August 31, 2016 |
On a Saturday morning at Olympia Farmer’s Market, I connected with a fellow writer. A young girl sat upon a boxed crate with a typewriter before her, extracting inspiration from her muses. Passerbys requested various topics, and she enlivened each individual’s spirit with her words. She connected to others through her creative vulnerability. I approached her, speaking of my appreciation for adventure and the unknown, and she delivered words that spoke to my soul (click “more” for my personal poem).
How beautiful it is to create for others, and connect through our inspirations and expressive talents. How beautiful it is that the arts are so free and available, and we can express ourselves from the sidewalk, behind a microphone at Open Mic Night, or in the confines of our home. No matter how we choose to express ourselves, we are being vulnerable, and this vulnerability is freeing.
Don’t be surprised if you one day see me on a street corner with a sign reading “Poet for Hire.” I may or may not have been incredibly inspired by this girl. Does anyone have a typewriter to donate?!
Adventure awaits on every corner,
with every breath.
my soulful enthusiasm
in the usual and the mundane,
the new and undiscovered.
I find myself wondering,
yet not aimlessly.
I know my purpose.
I know who I am.
My soul may only be enriched,
with untamed growth,
Though I know not
what beauty lies ahead,
I know it will be a manifestation
of newfound dreams.
My heart is free,
my spirit fierce,
my body strong.
is a commitment to discovering
all that can be explained,
and all that cannot.
if we choose it.
| August 16, 2016 |
Today, my Traditional Medicinals echinacea + elderberry tea is quoting Lord Byron to say, There is pleasure in the pathless woods.
I can’t help but agree. The woods and Mother Nature carry so much power that one does not need a specific destination, or even marked path, to feel pleasure when journeying through the wilderness. I admit that I used to be overly concerned about the destination. I needed a list of places to go, and I would need to cross them ALL off in order to feel successful. With my current mindset in Washington, however, I am letting the destinations come to me and finding pleasure in the path itself. I truly feel I am enjoying the journey, and reveling in the fact that I don’t always need to know where I’m going or work toward a definitive end goal. After all, it’s not the end point that brings knowledge or joy. In fact, sometimes what we arrive at is disappointing (i.e. slimy hot springs), or (even worse!) we may not REACH the predetermined destination.
Is this all we are meant to do? Travel toward our endpoint? Keep checking our maps and compasses to make sure we’re heading in the “right direction”? Or, are we meant to meander through life as we would deep in the forest? Are we instead meant to travel freely, roam the planet, and absorb all the knowledge it has to offer us? If we are constantly chasing our destination, perhaps we will get more lost. Perhaps we will be too focused on when we are arriving to realize we’ve always been there. The entire journey has actually been the destination.
When I read more of Lord Byron’s Childe Harold’s Pilbrimage, a deeper meaning was truly revealed…
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