One thing I learned in Sedona when I took running jumps down all those drops: The scariness, not out of abject fear, or a fight-or-flight urge; but a kind of scary to leave the comfortable place; the place of familiarity; that place where you have your routine down pat; and optimized the heck out of it; and finally that place of friendly chatter – that kind of scariness… whenever that happens, is when you actually go for it, instead of hesitating and reeling away from it, you rush headlong into it as if it was a lover you miss; or your favorite food sitting there tantalizing you to come and get it! There are many different kinds of scariness – the emotions is the same, but there are subtle flavors of it brought on by the sponsoring thoughts and feelings that differentiate it. On top of all this, it was fantastic to meet up with an old friend and to see this person in a new and different light, with an increased level of awareness - I never noticed this side of him back in our college days, and I hope he gets future opportunities to nurture it!
While I was in Sedona, before Bell Rock, I got to visit the Amitahba Stupa, a Bhuddist holy structure. I got to witness first hand the power of the stupa and feel what life was like when you had no negative emotions, no worries, no fear; and have all that replaced with overwhelming positive energy, all around you, surrounding you, submerging you into itself until you ARE those positive emotions. I even witnessed these energy shifts from other visitors to the stupa, and it was truly a magnificent sight to see! I will write about that experience in a different and dedicated blog entry, as it truly deserves it.
New Mexico, USA
I felt nothing but child-like wonder and innocence looking at all these bright colors ascend into the sky, clusters at a time, joining tens of thousands other sensations of wonderment and innocence. There was no spiritual lesson or enlightenment of the sort many would expect here. There was just FEELING - the pure essence of life, plain and simple. We can intellectualize and enlighten ourselves with all sorts of inspiring and profound quotes all we want; but nothing compares to this feeling I felt at this International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Better yet, I happen to be visiting this city the same week this fiesta took place! No planning, no prior knowledge, spontaneous! Awesome, indeed.
WONDER. INNOCENCE. Essence of life, my friends, the so-called nectar of the Universe. Free for the taking, all you can eat buffet, no price tag.
Of course, my take here could definitely be influenced into bias because I also consumed 12 cups of steaming hot chocolate, with all the extras that usually come with it. I am not talking about the powdered stuff that has hints of all sorts of chemicals that introduce a chemically salty taste into the chocolate, making your taste buds disassociate chocolate from it! No-siree-bob, we are speaking of real, actual liquid chocolate made from actual chocolate chunks, topped with real whipped cream, real nuts, real chocolate syrup, and marshmallows - lumps of melting marshmallows. We are talking about different vendors at the fiesta offering all different interpretations and varieties of served hot chocolate. My favorite comfort hot beverage that until that moment, I have not had for over 12 years, due to the aforementioned chemical taste. Imagine my excitement of having such a drink, pure, unadulterated, and you get the recipe to being a kid again - wonder, innocence, and sweets!
Santa Fe was a bit of a different story. I felt I missed opportunities here because I was wrapped up in having too little funds to facilitate all the places I wanted to visit here. But in these feelings of missed opportunities, I found the time I needed to sit back, relax, and reflect upon everything that has happened. This is very much a necessary process. You can read more about this concept in this wonderfully written blog entry HERE.
For now I will leave off here, as I wanted to keep the blog entries fairly short and manageable for me to post on a more regular basis. More to come!