When I climb to 5,242 feet, the wind reminds me about momentum and my desire to keep going…
the voices keep shouting their bad advice
I keep going. I know what I must do.
21 inches of new snow has fallen. My snowshoes sink deeply as I create a pathway through the subalpine firs. I stop frequently and am aware just how alive I feel in the midst of such
Beauty. Presence. Presents.
What happens when I have that sinking feeling that something isn’t right? I shut down or take a few awkward steps.
I am hungry and take a bite of nourishment. I am carrying burdens– a pack with necessary gear and stuff I lug around with me all the time. To what end? Can I give all of it to the trees who know so much about shedding when their limbs can no longer bear it?
All around me I hear communities of winged ones, four-leggeds who live under the snow, and insects.
The seekers. The survivors. The sensate.
I plop myself down while I snack. I feel closer, sheltered, grounded. I want to be part of, not separated from. The white all around me provides light. The air clears the way. Instead of wanting to push forward I want to
slow down and listen, deepen, connect with life.
I don’t have my journal or watercolors but I have my phone camera. I start to capture or
I make an attempt to capture images, the moment, reverie, where I came from, where I am going, what my heart wants to sing, what my gut wants me to know.
So many have been here before me. I am surrounded by my ancestors. Not just two-legged. Ancestors come in many forms. They are all present. This place. I am here to understand and communicate. Dreaming comes easily here. I sink further into the deepening of who I am becoming and what I am called to offer.
In this moment, when I learn of the unwelcome news that Michael’s P.E.T. scan shows another hot spot (cancer), that my spouse will need surgery–the icycles are hard and frozen. or so it seems. I breathe and remind myself that there is fluidity in all of life. Certainly I am a fluid being. I want to be fluid. The drops of water on my branches are in flow, a stream of consciousness, a river of life.
I am grateful for the inspiration of Hurricane Ridge, a mountainous area in the Olympic National Park, the poems of Mary Oliver, and my 25-year love and creative partner, Michael.