Where Angels land

Where Angels land

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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!

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield

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  • 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.

The mind just got kicked out of the driver’s seat!

The mind just got kicked out of the driver’s seat!

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Posted on: October 17, 2015 • 1 Comment

I put my heart in the driver’s seat of my life and my mind is having a full on temper tantrum!  These last 4 days in Sedona have been a concentrated elixir for my soul.  This entire journey has given my heart and soul fuel to thrive.  Meanwhile, my mind is going into overdrive to regain power.  The mind’s panic button has been pushed.  The negative messages have tried to come flooding in.  However, I already let them all go in the river.  Up until now, it took a great deal of effort to navigate the insane messages.  Today, I can just focus on breathing and give my heart room to speak.

My mind seems to get pissy with the breathing technique.  It screams that it can NOT be that easy.  Where are the complicated math problems and elaborate projects to prove your worth?  When is comes right down to it, if I just pause and breathe deeply a few times magic has the opportunity to happen.  Within the moments of presence, my heart has a chance to be heard before my mind attempts to shut me down.

I sometimes have a hard time distinguishing between the message from my heart and my mind.  As my mind gets crafty at times and calmly points out all that I HAVE TO DO in order to be successful.  My retreat guide gave me a simple way to distinguish the difference.  The mind wants action right now!  It actually wants it yesterday.  There is a sense of urgency and anxious pressure when the messages come from the mind.  The heart is calm, kind and has no problem waiting if necessary.  So now when I am not sure,  I listen to how my body feels.  When there is an anxious and negative undertone, I know it is my mind.  It is my responsibility to basically say thanks but no thank you.

When the heart is in the driver’s seat I explore this great land courageously with a smile on my face.   My excitement is with a child like sense of joy and wonder. I get so much more value out of a trip this way!  My mind would have me in a panic attack every time  I hike alone with the fear of bears, mountain lions and strangers.  Hell, my mind would have never allowed this trip to ever begin.   My heart is doing a pretty awesome job.  I just have to keep breathing and practice the discipline of the powerful pause.

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield

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I smile at the obvious signals given

I smile at the obvious signals given

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Posted on: October 15, 2015 • 0 Comments

My second day in my healing retreat I participated in a medicine wheel ceremony.  I had no idea what to expect, but excitement filled my heart the moment I arrived.

As I approach the medicine wheel, I think about creating one of these in my yard.  I giggle as I consider putting a huge one in my front yard to freak out my Danville neighbors.  Back to the ceremony, there is a burning of sage and using the smoke to cleanse any negativity before entering the wheel.  My guide explains that they usually use a different feather in the smoke cleansing, yet today there was a strong calling to use the Eagle feather which happens to be the directional feather.  You don’t say?  When I ask for some guidance on an issue or request a sign to let me know I am on the right path, an Eagle or Hawk always fly across my path.

My next direction was to enter this large medicine wheel and walk in a circle entering each of the 4 quadrants.  I was to walk around as many times as I wanted, but I was to pick one area to sit in that I was most strongly drawn to.  After a few times around I take a seat.  My guide explains that I am seated in the East quadrant that is all about new beginnings.  This area is dominated by the wind element. The wind is represented in the breath.  Much of my focus on this trip is to return to my peaceful breath.  Interesting I think.  Then he shares that each quadrant has an animal that represents that area.  The animal for the East quadrant is an Eagle.  A huge smile crosses my face as I laugh out loud followed by a great big thank you to God.  As I did ask for obvious signals.

The remainder of the ceremony continued to shed light on new beginnings.  The importance of being joyful and coming from the heart while continuing to connect to the breath.  The rest of the day was filled with meditation.  Some guided and some on top of rocks.  This experience reminds me that I am never alone and the primary relationship to focus on is the one with my self through my heart.  It is remarkable how simple life becomes in those moments when I am truly loving my self authentically.

Namaste!

Kristin