The trip in California was definitely the highlight of this summer. My mind was still in the west coast even after few days coming back to New York. I felt like I was in the Matrix movie, when walking in Manhattan. Everything was moving in fast forward and yet, I was like in a double slow motion ‘migrating’ my way around the city. Each of my steps was clear and firm; each breath was calm and easy. The more I enjoyed my ‘turtle’ pace; the more my running thoughts were slowing down.
The trip was arranged as perfectly as I could want it to be – We simply followed the flow of whatever came along. My ‘No plan’ trip brought me lots of enjoyable and meaningful time - seeing old friends in San Francisco and Davis; visiting places between city and country; listening to the sound of Pacific ocean and mountain streams; smelling breeze of old pine trees and flowers by the roadside; eating a Ghirardelli chocolate sundae and the freshest wild blackberries. By the end, I did and saw lots of things. I felt so much gratitude especially the time spent in nature, the four days that my friend and I were in Mt. Shasta City and the retreat nearby, in Mt. Shasta.
Mt. Shasta is one of the seven sacred mountains in the world and has been the setting for many reports of spiritual activities. It is located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California and is the second highest volcano in the continental United States. We went hiking, took the mineral bath at the retreat, drank the fresh Mt. Shasta city water, (which, by the way, is primary from Cold Creek Springs, located at an elevation of 4,400 feet on Mt. Shasta), saw an amazing crystal singing bowls demonstration and meditated with the guru and his retreat group. My body, my mind were feeling joy and ease; my soul absolutely reunited with nature – the mesmerizing landscapes, the city skyline, the unfolded flatlands, the extensive vineyards and the enormous redwoods. At moments, I was as strong as a tree rooting down to the earth, and yet, as free as a bird flying in the sky.
I hope to visit again one day. Right now, I just use my pictures to keep refreshing my memories oI reserve my memories through my pictures.
Love and light,