It’s there, even if you can’t see it with your eyes.

It’s there, even if you can’t see it with your eyes.

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Posted on: October 19, 2015 • 0 Comments

Today in the rain I head to Bryce Canyon. I pull on my newly learned magic (visualization) and imagined the clouds opening when I am to see the Hoodoos. Upon walking up to the edge all I can see is the inside cloud.  As I arrive at the edge and look down, I can see these amazing formations, but they are difficult to see clearly with all of the rain and clouds. With my 7 deep breaths of gratitude and love I notice the clouds begin to open. The sun comes through and shows me the extensive beauty below. Ahh! What a gift; nature and sight!

As I head down to see the Queen’s Garden the beauty continues to open up. Even under the cloud cover there are stunning formations unfolding before my eyes. The light from above revealed so much depth and details that seemed to feel like my heart was opening just as the clouds did.  At that moment,  I realize that I only need to be able to see the next step to take and the rest that I can see is truly a gift.

As I return to the car the rain returns. I travel to 2 outlook points, but can only see inside the cloud again. The reminder that washes over me is that just because I can’t see it, doesn’t mean that it is not there.  As I just saw formations in the sunlight.  Much of life is like that.  There are many things that we neglect to pay attention to that are happening around us all the time.  Or even when I can’t see a quick and easy solution to something, does not mean there is no solution.  It means I need to look harder or look with my heart instead.

I rely on my eyes to show me what is there, what options I have, and if I am on the right path. I understand that sight is not the only sensation at my disposal. I can listen. Maybe try to give my eyes the break and listen for a bit. While standing at inspiration point, I closed my eyes to listen. It was peaceful. Birds continued to sing. The sound of the gentle rain was calming. There was a quiet that I rarely notice. In that quiet I could listen to my heart beat, to my breathing, and nature. Feeling is another sensation with guidance that is often missed. Today the sensation of the rain on my face was refreshing as I ascended out of the canyon. The feeling of the sun on my face when the clouds moved out of the way, was rejuvenating. The feeling of soreness in my muscles reminded me of my strength and accomplishment of yesterday. The sound and feeling of my labored breathing on part of the hike reminded me that the wind within me has the power to keep me moving upward. The water and coffee provided a delight in the day through taste.

Trust that life will bring to me all that I need, even if it is uncomfortable at the moment while waiting. Now that is an unlearning process. I am new to this way of life navigation.  I previously would do just about anything to avoid discomfort.  Now I understand that discomfort carries with it great information for growth and authentic living.  Just keep breathing consciously and pausing to connect to my heart. So far that provides a calmness under my skin and in my heart that I rarely felt in the past.  Beauty is all around me, I simply need to look with my heart and all of my senses to experience that beauty fully!

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield

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

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.

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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