Another Dark Adventure
I live in the San Juan mountains near the four corners of Colorado. Let me take you with me on a solo, nighttime snowshoe hike.
Heave ho up the mountain, escaping in the dark to the hidden trail. Snowshoes are well tightened with light layers on so I can warm myself up by moving fast. Into the abyss I go.
What happens to my brain as I begin to climb in the dark? Something very different opens and lights up my path. Is it the excitement for the anticipating journey not knowing what will be around the next switchback? The conquering climb to the top? The peace of just being me?
I’m not sure what the buzz is about, but I’m totally into it.
Maybe it’s the nightly glow or the mystery of it all.
Maybe it’s that I’m fully surrounded by nature and connected to each branch that tickles me as I pass; each twinkling light of the city getting more and more distant as I lay down each foot.
Maybe it’s the intrigue of the unknown.
I don’t feel lost or scared or misguided; I feel lead to a place where I am safe and warm. My heart pumps and moves my legs freely, allowing me to gain energy, move faster and breathe deeply. Cleansing breaths in the cool air, cleanse my soul. Obviously, this is a spiritually huge moment for me.
Then the lookout bench arrives. It’s a perfect place to rest, reflect, and recharge. An ideal place to ponder, praise, and be at peace. I definitely feel like I could just fall asleep and end up in the morning as a bench icicle, preserved as another piece of nature. To just stop in time and relish the moment is true bliss.
Do we stop enough to relish the moment?
As my daughter came from her friend’s house a short walk away, it took her twenty minutes yesterday. Stop, kick the snow. Couple more steps. Stop, eat the snow. Couple more steps. Stop, make snow angels. Look up at the sky. Reach your hands up to the falling snow and catch it. Slip and slide. Play. Enjoy. She was present in herself. She felt the joy of a leisurely walk home to refuel her soul.
Do you have to be a kid to do that?
I have found this year to be so childlike in many ways for me. To reach in and grab my happy roots. To find what matters and pull from the immature excitement that I sometimes miss dearly, and often neglect. Do what makes me jump out of my skin with laughter, joy, and euphoria. To live with intention and gusto. No regrets.
I have every intention of making this year even better. Letting life move in a positive direction that will catapult me to new places, places I never thought I could ever get to. I don’t have to wait until spring to grow new shoots or plant new seeds. I will unearth the dirt and come clean with the real spiritual being that I am.
And it’d be even sweeter to see it happen in you.
Live this year in utter, childlike bliss each chance you get.
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