Happy New Years,
Started off 2017 strong outside, literally, metaphorically and figuratively. Drove 2 and a half hours through sleet, rain, and snow to get to “someplace beautiful to wake up in.” The plans were hatched halfway throughout the day at work, as we trudged our feet through the long day that was the REI garage sale. (A tent sale of all the returned, usually used items that are 50-70% off that people fight for). Driving in the middle of the night in a huge torrential downpour towards a place unknown right before the bell dropped was kind of wild. There was a point where at 4,100 feet elevation, the wind blew horizontally and in of sleet form. Anna and I got to this location, did not think we would have any bathrooms or amenities and were fully prepared to do primitive camping in the cold, rainy desert. We came out to see this giant 5 story wizard tower just as the clock turned 12, looked at each other and were in shock and awe.
I want to bring all my friends here, its magic. There are boulders to climb, hike and scramble up, all right next to a homestead camp run by very nice German folk who moved from Indonesia to live out in the middle of the desert a stone’s throw from the Mexican border. The magic watchtower has a spiral staircase that starts as a gift shop down below showcasing many progressive views in the form of bumper stickers, hats, shirts and super spiritual crystals. The energy and vibrations of the place were just what was needed to start the new year that is 2017 .
Going into something unknown used to be something that caused me great discomfort. This is because I believe I took things too seriously, I realize that now after many years worrying about things I should not of and do not have the power over (drawing from the quote
“Do not worry about the things you can’t change, or have no control over”
Nature is my therapy, nature is my church. I figure things out about myself out there. In the world of society, where things are thrown at you left and right, up and down. A bombardment of information from your phone, your social media, your watch, the damn advertisements from billboards and media. There is no time to self-analyze, no time to think, just of the things that are thrown at you. Part of the reason I started meditation practice is because I want to be able to have that feeling of being outside, inside.
I thank you, friends for inviting me outside at the start of the year, to climb, hike and ring it in out there. To a year full of growth, and exploration!