Mountain of Peace

This is a recount of adventures in Japan last fall. I’m a little late posting but wanted to share this wonderful journey.

After a week in a high energy big city, I found myself so excited about hiking up a quiet mountainside that I woke up super early. I stared at the clock, willing the time to pass. Filled with positive energy, I couldn’t wait to put on my hiking boots.I had thoroughly enjoyed all the activities that we had been engaged in. Seeing a totally different part of the world had been fun and adventurous. But my being was craving nature and a different energy wavelength. The hike that I was about to do would offer that and more.After a couple of trains and filling the pack with water and food, we started our climb.As per our experience so far, every local person we encountered went out of their way to make sure we were on the right track.As soon as we stepped into the forest and started our trek up the trail, my inner being sunk into a peaceful energy. The climb started immediately and it was steep! I fell into that old pattern of finding my flow. The one where my physical, mental and spiritual beings all align with each other, and with nature.The sounds of nature sung around us. We relished in the squeaking of monkeys and the otherwise silence. Occassionally the trees would crack and creak in the breeze.No people. No buildings. Just us, the monkeys and the forest.The trail had many steep stretches. It was hard work, but it felt good. I fell into the rhythm I knew well. My husband told me of the 1000 day challenge. The trail is a pilgrimage path, and monks do it every day for 1000 days, fasting for 10 consecutive days during the challenge. I couldn’t believe it. I thought I was working hard.Reaching the peak was rewarding. The view was stunning. We rested and had a picnic. No fasting for me.The real reward, however, was quite unexpected. A little more hiking took us to the Dai Ko-do temple (beside Bell Tower). We removed our boots, slid the door open and entered. We sat cross legged. I closed my eyes and breathed in deeply. The scent of incense filled me. It calmed me. My mind was clear.Before leaving, I participated in the purchase (by donation) of an incense stick that you light and place in a bowl among others. It is intended to be in memory of someone. I took a moment for silent reflection.The descent was awesome. There was a bus that took us down the mountain and within blocks of our hotel!A shower and happy hour were waiting for us. The zen feeling lasted into the evening. Now I’m going to crave meditation on every mountain peak.

Just Get Up And GO!!!

The holidays are over.  Did you eat more than you intended go?  Did that nightly rum and egg nog by the fire, that extra chocolate or two, and those ever so delicious ginger snaps that your aunt sent you home with…all catch up with you?

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It’s ok.  You can either dwell on what you can’t change, or, you can release it and move forward.  Life is life.  And sometimes you simply need to enjoy yourself a little.  The simple things in life are the best.

Thus, let’s move forward together.  And let’s keep it simple!!

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A Lovely Christmas Day Stroll

 

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At this time of year when we all try to do SO much to ‘get ready’, when we run ourselves down trying to create the ‘perfect’ Christmas Day, when we stop looking after ourselves…don’t forget to simply get out there and get some fresh air.

Amongst all the hustle and bustle, don’t forget to listen to what your body needs.  Of course it is ok to take some time off and kick up your feet.  Of course it is ok to indulge in a little Christmas egg nog and some sugar cookies.  But don’t forget to listen…listen to your inner voice…it will tell you what you need most.

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It doesn’t have to be anything big, it can be simple and easy.  Just put on those boots and mitts and get out there for a stroll.  Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds sing, and let your soul relax.

Merry Christmas!! Be good to yourself 🙂

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