Zion National Park named after the Hebrew word, “Zion” meaning a place of peace and relaxation, truly lives after its name. This oasis of majestic beauty really spoke to me this past weekend in a variety of ways. This past weekend I observed fear inside of me, I found courage that I had never seen before, and saw how alive our Mother Earth really is.
Fear can be a dangerous feeling that needs to be handled with lots of love and care. If we let fear have the power, it can leave us stripped, scared and filled with hopelessness of ever seeing the light, at the end of the dark tunnel, called FEAR. Zion ignited fear multiple times throughout the weekend. There were many times when I was put in situations when I was afraid of my environment, the unknown. What I discovered in these times of fear was that I simply needed to take that fear, observe it, and let it pass. When we conquer our fear we come out the other side of the tunnel feeling more invincible than ever before.
At Zion I was able to find a courage in myself that I didn't even know existed. I crossed a freezing cold river (The Virgin River) and hiked extraneous mountains. One being The Mouth of Hidden Canyon, ascending a whole 850 feet above ground level. The rush of scaling this mountain was one like no other I have ever felt, but once I had accomplished the hike I felt like I could conquer anything that came my way. From that point on, during any other hike I had a sense of confidence and bravery while trekking through the sky high rocks. At that point I realized, I am braver than I ever thought I was. It’s a wonderful feeling when you, yourself can surprise YOU, YOURSELF. Nature awoke the fearless woman sleeping inside of me, and brought her to LIFE. I AM BRAVE!
Nature (Zion) is so peaceful and majestic. It just lives, breathes and flows to its own beat, with no ego or any concerns of anyone or anything else. You can feel the divine feminine energy of Mother Earth in the silence, in-between the towering orangey/red rocks, in the flowing river, in the cool breeze, and in the distant echoes. After spending time in Zion I witnessed how mother earth is ALIVE. We as humans have to feel her, hug her. Listen to her and most importantly protect her. She is a living organism that nourishes and sustains us ALL!
Coming back to civilization aka "the city" this week was painful, to say the least. There’s something about being surrounded by nature, the sight of its grandiose views and the smell of its crisp clean air, it is all so powerful to the human spirit. I plan on coming back to this magical land called Zion later this year. I encourage anyone who has the chance to visit to not pass up on the opportunity, Zion is a remarkable place. You will discover so much about yourself and Mama Earth, just listen.