Claim Your Space

Claim your sanity by claiming your space.

We live in a material world filled with gadgets, keyboards, remote controls, switches, buttons and other devices. A way to keep sane is to walk away from it for a set period of time. For some people, five minutes away from technology is too long. For others a week or two maybe needed to reclaim themselves.

Just tonight my friend said she’s going to bed early so she can get up and watch the red moon. This is a perfect way to claim alone time. Finding time to BE and enjoy a full moon, eclipse, sunrise or sunset can be rejuvenating.

Fence posts along dirt rd in Felt IDQuiet time in meditation  allows you to be totally present. The worries, self-talk, doubt, struggles and chatter are put on hold. For some it’s about watching the moon. For some, it’s waiting for the sun to rise. For some, it’s walking on a path in the crisp morning air. For some, it’s about sitting in a comfy chair surrounded by sunlight.

For just a brief moment in time, let go of what happened in the past and what might happen in the future and just relax your shoulders in the here and now. As the shoulders relax, so will your breathing.   I hope you claim some space today, tomorrow and each day so you can give your brain a rest.

So simple.

So difficult.

So necessary.

No Stress Cafe!

no stress cafeThis is the time of year to get together and celebrate friends.

An afternoon lunch, a walk, sharing a cup of tea, making cookies…

It’s the season to connect.

It would be ideal if there were no stress involved. No worries about gifts to buy for the kids, family or friends.

It would be totally sweet if we just had weeks and weeks of lunches, breakfast gatherings, some walks, and a few intense hikes.

Or maybe just a couple of tickets to someplace warm, with a beach and sand.

That works too!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountain

A hike up Crestone Mountain and a quick self-portrait — set the timer — now RUN!

Crestone MountainCrestone is a statutory town in Saguache County in Southwestern Colorado, United States. The population was 73 at the 2000 census. It is a small village at the foot of the western slope of the Sangre de Cristo Range, in the northern part of the San Luis Valley. Crestone was a small mining town, but little paying ore was discovered. In the 1970s, a large land development, the Baca Grande, was established to the south and west and several hundred homes have been built.

The Crestone area, which includes the Baca Grande and Moffat, Colorado, is a spiritual and new age center with several world religions represented, including: a Hindu temple, a Zen center, a co-ed Carmelite monastery, several Tibetan centers, and miscellaneous New Age happenings.

Crestone, Colorado is easily accessible to visitors, a National Forest Service campground is about 3/4 of a mile north of town and other lodging is available, including several bed and breakfasts. Activities in the area include camping, fishing, hiking, climbing, as well as spiritual explorations.



Therapy in Motion

Often times, for me, a hike is all about movement, therapy and meditation.

My hike last week was to a 11,400 ft. summit of Twin Sisters in Rocky Mountain National Park. There are 54 mountain peaks that are 14,000 feet or more but I took the lazy day hike and only hiked 9+miles. The first 3 miles up was sort of boring. The trail was in the trees with a limited view (of anything)  but at least the trail was cool and shady. Once the sun came out, the hiking got hot and humid and the mosquitoes came out in full force. It was nasty until I realized I had one of those bug repellant wet wipes in my pack. Oh, my, life was good again!

view of longs peak from twin sisters peak

Near the top, above timberline there’s nothing to interrupt the view – it’s all mountains and sky!

Twin Sisters Summit

When the trees disappeared, a boulder field was waiting for me to cross. When a storm is in the area, it’s best to stay far away from the exposed area but this was a perfect hiking day with blue skies and puffy clouds.

On the boulder field, others left stone markers, called cairns to help me stay on the trail.  This small pile of rocks were like beacons and I was able to find my way to the summit easily.
cairn - pile of stones used as a marker on a trailThe summit was rocky and rigid. The others at the top balanced on the rocks as they took pictures, ate lunch, and just relaxed after the long haul up.

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I probably won’t hike that mountain again – the view was limited and there was no water source.  I like when I can see, feel and get energized by flowing water.

So, where shall we go next?

Brand New Eyes

First hike for young boySometimes we are blessed to see things all over again, with brand new eyes. If you have children or are around toddlers, you know what I mean.

A butterfly is one thing on a piece of paper or on television, but when a child sees one  for the first time and you’re there to experience it – it’s bliss all over again.

Whether you decide to ‘find’ a mountain, fly a kite, paint a table,  wash the dishes or take a hike – with new eyes – the experience can be giddy.

Recently I gave my grandson the choice to 1) go to the playground or 2) take a hike (something he’s never done before) he chose the hike. And once he found his stride, the kid just flew up the trail! At the ripe age of 2 ½, he had the energy, excitement and ambition to just go. My huge smile stayed put the entire time as I discovered the art, beauty and thrill of hiking again for the first time.

There are going to be a bunch of “firsts” for him and I plan to be there for as many as possible. I’m young… all over again!

Nature’s Playpen

Taking a walk in silence can be one of the most educational things you can do to enhance your growth.

rushing water in springUnplugging music, books, podcasts and most of all …the train of endless thoughts … allows you time to let in new ideas.

Walking, looking at the scenery, smelling the air, taking a shower, watching clouds … all mindless activities that give your mind a much needed break.

To grow — you have to have downtime.  If you hike with a friend, take a break from the conversation and walk in silence for awhile. If you hike alone, focus on the path, the trees, flowers blooming, clouds forming or your breathing. Stop the chatter and be in the moment.

So simple, so easy – it takes focus though. Focus on the moment at hand.  Your brain will thank you for this brief respite. Trust me.