Vision Quest Alaska

I write this from the vast woods of Alaska. The sun rises at 9am. The stars are so close in the night sky, they practically touch the trees. Snow-capped mountain peaks surround me and just yesterday, I watched a moose and her calf walk across the yard. They sauntered by today too.

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Here, life is wild and oh so freeing. You live with nature, aware that you could encounter a brown bear in the woods or on your lawn. My best friends are wildlife biologists and they’ve confirmed, you really could get eaten alive out there! I’m in moose, bear, lynx, and wolverine country. Pack the bear spray.

You respect the immense power of the natural world in Alaska, in a way which is lost in more urban areas. The tide is strong in Cook Inlet, best not walk through the mud flats. There’s a chance of avalanche,  avoid snowy mountain passes. These are some of my daily considerations. It’s primordial hiking the deep Alaskan woods and rare to find oneself in terrain so untouched, so remote, so still. You are required to be mindful of your path. Observe what’s walked before you, know what you’re walking towards.

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On my own personal vision quest,  my mindfulness is strong. I’m keenly aware of each step I take in walking my path. It’s easier to get in touch with my deep inner knowing, my intuition, my core.

Away from the modern world, limitations fall away. The world feels wide, the world is wide. I know my truth. Speak my clarity. Act from love. Follow my heart, not my fear. Seeking and finding my own inner stillness, one step at a time.

Yoga gives me a similar space, just like these woods, and teaches me to expand.

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my first practice next to moose antlers

The trick is to hold onto this wild energy and trust. Remembering that deep down, you know which way to go.

Charlie Brown knows not to walk into the river :)

Charlie Brown knows not to walk into the river 🙂

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begin to hibernate

winter is definitely here. the freeze in the air brings the freeze of the earth.  silence hangs in the sky above as the natural world begins to hibernate.

pussy willow in winter

winter is a great time to observe what’s around you. what’s needed, what’s not, what can be gained and what can be lost. we can all refine en route to spring. it’s tough for me to leave the warmth of the cozy fire, but i’m always happy when i do. so, go outside. make snow angels. with arms open wide, feel the vitality and strength around you and move more deeply in.

here’s a restorative practice for winter by cyndi lee:

http://www.yogajournal.com/practice/1521