September 17, 2021
I just spent the last three days at the Grand Canyon and......WOW. All I can say is WOW.
This post doubles as a sharing of my experience at the Grand Canyon as well as a total plug for taking time off for self-care. We ALL need to take time off to nourish our body, mind, and soul. That is what this trip was for me.
I spent 3 nights "glamping" in a tent in the middle of nowhere Arizona (shoutout to Under Canvas Grand Canyon for an epic stay). Thanks to the certified Dark Skies land we were on, I slept like a baby for ten hours each night and saw the amazing Milky Way. I meditated and journaled in their little zen garden (photos below) while overlooking the Arizona mountains. We listened to guitar music and live singing around fire pits at night.
Then comes the Grand Canyon. We did two hikes. I pushed myself with one hike that was the toughest hike I've ever done in my life. The one thing about hiking the canyon- the further down you go, the more you have to climb out. My heart was pounding and I was resting every 5 minutes on the way out of the canyon. My heart got its best workout in a while. My body feels fantastic and I am inspired to exercise it once again.
We completed another hike at a different part of the canyon, just slightly more gentler than the previous days hike, followed by a driving tour with stop-offs at about 4 or 5 incredible lookouts. All in all: driving around the rim is definitely awesome. Hiking into the rim is another story...surrounded by panoramic Grand Canyon views, I truly experienced the enormity and the indescribability of this wonder of nature. It brought me so much calm and peace, and at the same time, totally blew my mind to the point of tears!
The messages that are clear to me after this trip: Mother Nature is a BEAST of insane magnitude and it is here that we can find SO much peace, grounding, healing and guidance for our lives. Get out into nature and away from the chaos. Also, we are totally okay. We have access to this peace always. And finally, by BEING peace and joy in the world, we help bring and spread peace and joy throughout our world.
Thank you for reading!