Where Angels land
Posted on: October 18, 2015 • 1 Comment
Zion National Park provided the most exhilarating and exhausting physical experience to date. I have been on an emotionally spiritual journey bedazzeled with amazing natural sites and fabulous hikes. The gratitude continues to radiate. Some days that radiance is in the form of tears. Today’s radiance was in the form of sweat!
In Sedona I had a wonderful massage, which I am pretty sure today all muscles returned back to their extremely tightened state! My massage therapist kindly suggested having some more intense body work done specifically on my thighs due to all of the tension and tightness he quickly recognized in our session. Well, all I have to say is Angels were calling me today to come sit where they land.
Zion has a 5 mile hike that puts your feelings about heights to their limit. I enjoy being far away from the ground. Slippery footing scares me more than heights. The hike name is Angel’s Landing. The elevation is 5790 ft above sea level. Yet you ascend to the peak in 2.5 miles. The first 2 miles consist mostly of intense switchbacks. The last half mile is where the real challenge begins. That seems to be when all of the intensity of my life journey challenges hit their peak; the last half mile. It is where the trail is straight up with chains to hold onto and help you as there is over 1000 ft drop on either side of this trail. It was the most hike, intense physically and emotionally, to date.
I quickly had to show my mind that my heart has got this. My mind was screaming for the first few minutes of that last half mile, then something wonderful happened. My mind started to enjoy the trip. There was delight in experiencing that I am stronger than I think I am. My mind seemed to be in awe of this and smiled with joy. I am grateful for my physical body. The amazing ability to continue to climb, breath, sweat and have my heart beat at the same time is something to be thankful for! The life and death fear subsided when my heart reminded me that if this is the end of the journey for me, it has been so amazing, and I would go doing something I love! So that seemed to calm the mind as well. The best parts were breath taking sights and amazing hikers. People were positively encouraging each other to keep going. The ones coming down we’re sharing how close I was, which I am certain they could clearly see my fatigue.
Upon reaching the top a couple actually cheered for me! At the very end I rewarded myself with an apple and cheese as I sat where Angels land. I felt close to God and my mind was at peace with my heart.
It is interesting that the hardest part is the last half mile, as it is such a perfect example for my life journey. In that last half mile of challenges is often times when I find my true strength, my authentic friends, and when my mind finally gives my heart a break. In that exhilarating exhaustion it seems to be easier to listen to my heart and enjoy the ride. Which today continually reminded me to breathe!
One Comment for Where Angels land
- On October 27, 2015 at 1:31 pm (Edit) Sherolyn said:
- I love the mountains in the west.
- I don’t think I have climbed that tail, but there are many incredible trails in Colorado and Utah. Certainly puts east coast mountains to shame. I’m so proud of you taking this adventure, and to press thru the difficult times and trails.
- You’ll be so much stronger.
- Congratulations!! Good work.