Pairs Well With… Being out on the open road
Picture yourself standing, looking out into endless amounts of beauty in the middle of nowhere. Alone. You hear nothing but the breeze, and the faint sound of water at a distance. The world is still. Just you. Just the universe.
In fall of 2015, I published a post titled “Wherever You Go, There You Are” and asked readers to vote which state I should visit in 2016, partly because I was having a hard time making up my mind, partly because I really didn’t care where I was going so long as I was getting out of town. There’s a small handful of states I’d yet to visit and felt that this was the right time to conquer a solo journey. Something about adventuring solo didn’t bother me. In fact, I welcomed it. I committed to making this trip fulfilling, exciting, eye-opening and adventurous. As I publish this week from Sedona, Arizona, I couldn’t be more pleased with what I’ve found.
Sedona wasn’t on my radar until a friend brought to my attention how magical the city is, and that it is one of the largest energy vortexes and a spiritual power center. According to research I’ve done, “this is because the power that emanates from the vortexes produces some of the most remarkable energy on the planet.” The minute I set foot in this city, I was struck by the beauty. It’s a crime to wear sunglasses. It taints the entire experience.
I found myself booking a private tour experience with an energy guide and healer that assists in reconnecting you with your core self, and helps remove the blocks and debris which cloud our path in life causing us to feel disempowered. The retreat I set out on gave me perspective and enlightenment that I never saw coming. It caused me to dig deep, get real and be vulnerable.
What I found, took away and unlocked was so much more than I ever could have imagined.
If you asked me what I was looking for, I really couldn’t tell you – but I knew it was something. The thing is, before coming out here, I already knew I was on the right path. I also know that the right path isn’t always easy, but it will always be the most fulfilling.
There are things that I cannot share simply because I can’t put the experience into words. Other moments I encountered are so personal that I want to keep them as mine and close to my heart. I promised myself I would open up to healing past wounds and embracing future possibilities. I took tranquility, centeredness, direction, comfort and healing from my time with my guide, Mark. But I left some pieces, old pieces, of myself in the beauty of Sedona. What I can share is that I left feeling still in my life, calm in my heart, confused at what it all means, yet have a clear vision as to where I’m going next, and what I need to do – but that there’s still more work to be done.
But today? Today, I am right where I need to be. And it’s perfect.
Here are my lessons from Sedona, with love…
- Have the right mindset – Tune into yourself and know when you need to step outside your day-to-day routine to reground yourself.
- Seek adventure and unknown – You never know what you will see, do, who you will meet or what the universe may present to you. Get lost and be okay with it.
- Be open to experience – If you don’t have an open mind and let yourself experience something new, you won’t get the breadth of experience you deserve.
- Make sure it serves you – If it doesn’t make you better, happier, more positive, enrich you or teach you, overhaul it.
- Talk to everyone – Each person has their own story and experiences to share, and you’ll probably meet many kind souls along the way. You can never cross paths with too many wonderful people.
- Take your moment – A day, a month, a year. Take whatever time you need to get clarity to keep moving in a forward direction. Once you find what you’re looking for, seize it. Don’t let it go.
- Let the light in – Choose to be happy. Find that person that makes your heart soar, take the trip of a lifetime. Do everything you ever wanted. You can’t shine if you’re holding yourself back.
Too often, we let others, jobs, meaningless things consume us – and for what? We need to be a bit more selfish for ourselves to feed our souls in the right way.
We need less of the material and more of the meaningful.
Somehow, the older we get, the more complex we seem to make our lives when it should be the other way around. Appreciating simplicity in the everyday things and practicing patience and excitement for what is to come is where the focus should take place.
When you need to recenter yourself, start by immersing yourself in nature. Listen to the sound of rain and appreciate the stillness when no one is around. Pure things. Look at what lies beyond you on the endless, open road ahead. Sometimes just looking up or down gives you a different perspective. Open your eyes to the lessons, opportunities and people you’re given. They happen for a reason.
Most people live their lives being content, but not fulfilled.
Be fulfilled. It’s worth it.
What are the things that fulfill you?