My trip to Yosemite National Park last month was pretty spectacular. It was the perfect way to start the summer. We swam in the river, visited a 2000 year old Sequoia Tree, hiked a total of 24 miles without getting blisters, built epic camp fires, ate great food, and slept like babies despite the two bears we saw and countless bears we heard. Best camping trip ever!
However, it didn’t start out that great. Maybe you’ve experienced stress while spending time outside your comfort zone? I sure did. I was reminded of the wide range of emotions I have as a human being. I had to deal with anger in a major way the first day of the adventure. I was quick to call the anger out as fear, but it was too late, and I took some of my frustration out on my beloved travel companion. It was like I’d forgotten all my hours and hours of meditation on and off the yoga mat. Poof! my Serenity vanished for over an hour as we drove around the park–in traffic–looking for the perfect place to camp. I didn’t know there were going to be so many people in Yosemite National Park! We never thought to make a camping reservation! Suddenly, we were winging it under the intense pressure to find a good camp spot in one of the two “first come first serve” campgrounds.
Thank God my consciousness shifted once I expressed my emotions (anger, frustration, annoyance, anxiety = the f-word) and gave myself an attitude adjustment. After that, all was well and we soon found a perfect camp spot in the mountains–far away from the crowds.
I practice mindfulness everyday–even if it’s only for a minute. The more I practice meditation the better I feel. I am able to let internal and external distractions go much easier than before. I am able to laugh at myself as I observe my idiosyncrasies as part of my Self.
When you know your own breath, nobody can steal your peace.
Life always gives us
exactly the teacher we need
at every moment.
This includes every mosquito,
every red light,
every traffic jam,
every obnoxious supervisor (or employee),
every illness, every loss,
every moment of joy or depression,
every piece of garbage,
every breath. – Charlotte Joko Beck
May your summer be filled with Peace & Joy…
Love & Light,
P.S. Keep in touch!
Photos by Nisa and Jane Wertz