A refreshing trip to the Earth’s Root Chakra: Mt. Shasta

A trip to an energy vortex is a must for each soul. This is exactly what we did over a few days to refresh ourselves after a summer of hard work. We read a while ago that Mt. Shasta is considered to be one of the Earth’s seven energetic chakras; the Root Chakra. As residents of San Francisco, this was an easy excursion. On our first night at camp, as we lay in our tent, I looked out the mesh window and saw a shooting star pass right through the constellation Taurus: a good omen. Throughout that night we acclimated to this greener climate, and listened to the sounds of the environment around us. Every twenty minutes or so we would hear a great rushing breeze swooping from the mountain tops down into the valleys below, refreshing our lungs and fueling our dreams.

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During our most explorative day, we ventured up the mountain to a cluster of trailheads near the end of the paved road. Upon recommendation from the kind people at the Visitor’s Center in Mount Shasta City, we made our way along the Panther Meadows trail. At the head of this trail is a message board which offers a brief history and survey of the mountain meadow. We discover that this meadow is considered a sacred healing space by the indigenous people. They still perform healing rituals here. Previous foot traffic had destroyed the meadow, however, it’s been recently restored by the park service to our our delight.

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The forest service has been working diligently to restore this meadow, and kindly asks its patrons to enter and stroll mindfully. We are more than happy to do so. As we enter, the landscape is bordered with coniferous trees and boulders. The first opening is rather stoney, as well. Continuing on toward the upper meadows aspect of the trail, we walk through another tree-lined boulderous region. A quick jaunt through this part spills us out over the upper edge of the meadow. The view is breathtaking; tree covered rolling ridges in the background, cloud-speckled pristine blue skies overhead, supremely refreshing breezes abundantly flow over us, and the flower and mountain grass laden meadow before us.

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The Panther Meadows spring is just a few feet beyond this point, so we venture over to it. It is protected by a stone barrier shaped like a keyhole. At the center of the bulbous aspect, the gentle burbling of the water pushes up from the depths Shasta. It quickly becomes a quiet babbling brook, which adds to the astonishment one experiences knowing that this water creates this immaculate meadow. We sit and soak-in the energy from this special place for a few minutes. One feels the purity of this place, and understands its sacredness.

 

I am reminded of my trip to Lago Titicaca (Lake Titicaca) in Bolivia/Perú, during which I had the honor of visiting the Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) and drinking the Agua de la Fuente de la Vida (Water of the Fountain of Life). That experience, though nineteen years prior, is still sharp in my mind. With equal respect for this mountain spring, I stretch my legs across the short gap in stones over the brook, stoop down, take a full double-palm of water, and let it flow into my mouth, filling me with its essence. It is crisp, fresh, and pure. Swallowing, I savor this moment; appreciative.

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From this mountain meadow spring we venture on to the nearby town of McCloud in pursuit of a swimming hole to splash the end of the day away. We trekked along an elevated pathway overlooking the Upper and Middle Falls; spectacular and alluring. People are swimming in each fall-carved well along the way. The scene is idyllic as the sun begins to rest. Soft breezes caress the adventuring spirits reveling in this natural splendor. The swimming hole is a little ways up from the falls. It is a quaint space to spend some time basking in the sun and cooling off in the pool created by a make-shift dam.

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Once we feel refreshed we return to our campground to spend our final night at Lake Siskiyou. Our camp is lit by a perfect half-moon, an awesome array of stars, and the nebulous haze of the Milky Way; things hidden by our light polluted metropolis. We rest, and sometimes sleep. I open my eyes frequently to absorb the passage of the twilight sky, further imprinting memories of this wondrous place; hoping they will stay sharp until our next excursion into the flora of this beautiful earth.

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As we disembark the following morning, I am overcome with a great sense of hope. This trip has shown me how forgiving Mother Earth is. Though many have trod ill across her, we can make amends. The future of our planet rests in our hands.

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A special thanks to the National Park Service for curating these spaces which we enjoy so much. Happy 100th Birthday!

 

 

Mesmerizing mural for your musing mind

Body Awakening's Mural

An epic elaboration of archetypes, heroes, and gods awaits your presence in Body Awakening’s Studio. As many civilizations have looked to the heavens for inspiration, we beckon you to look above for the same spark.

As you enter our space, Ganesha, the Gatekeeper and overcomer of obstacles greets you warmly.

Keeping watch over the entryway and overcoming all obstacles

Hanuman leaps an unfathomable distance to pluck the sun out of the sky as if it were fruit.

Leaping a million yojanas to pluck the sun out of the sky as if it were fruit

Krishna charms all with his lyrical flute and cheery demeanor.Charming all with his lyrical flute and cheery demeanor

The sage sits contemplating the rhythms of the universe, while the poet writes the messages of the muses on the sage’s beard.

Contemplating the rhythms of the universe while the poet writes the muses' messages on his beard

Theseus, Greece’s greatest hero, emerges from defeating the minotaur in the maze; bringing his truth to light.

Emerging successfully from the maze, bringing truth to light

Shiva sits, meditating, observing peace during our era.Meditating on mountain peaks in observation of peace in our era

Silhouetted lovers embrace affectionately with our best energy.Earth's perfect duo in love

Artemis draws her bow exemplifying graceful feminine strength.The huntress draws her bow in honor of feminine strength

A majestic sun beams enlightening the cosmos.Enlightening the cosmos

Fierce Durga sits poised on her tiger, ready to provide feminine protection.

Fierce protectress on her powerful tiger

A bastion of peace exudes calming energy from his nirvanic state.An ever-present bastion of calm in his nivanic state

The dream of the universe is brought into existence by Vishnu, sleeping pleasantly on his bed of nagas in the sea of infinity.Dreams the universe into existence on his bed of nagas in the sea of infinity

All this, a stunning Westward San Francisco view, vibrant colors, and more beckon you for a truly inspired state of relaxation with a Body Awakening session.

We’d like to offer a special thanks to San Francisco’s Sonya Genel for bringing our vision of interweaving of myth, legend, gods, and cosmos into such a wonderful artistic manifestation: Shukriya, Shukriya, Shukriya!

Looking back and Looking on

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You’ve seen this guy before; Janus, the two-faced Roman god proffering the name of our first month in the year. He marks a time a transition that we all cycle through as human being living on this earth. For many of us, this is a period of reflection over the previous year, which inspires us to set refreshed intentions for the year to come. Body Awakening definitely embraces this attitude for this time of year.

Reflection offers an experience of seeing the ripples of our actions. We take a step back to harness the lessons our steps afford. A wave of wisdom carries us to our present moment in time. We ride the tide of life’s cycles, furthering our understanding of the self and the world in which we participate. Existing in the present with this wealth of wisdom we bring from years behind. We put on a beginner’s face to confront the fresh experiences of future. Eagerness lets the unknown shape uncharacterized features of this weathered face we all wear.

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While traveling in Honduras in 2009, I happened to visit the ancient City of Bats in Copan. The culture which built this city understood this concept of cyclical transition very will. In a particular stone carving, two patriarchs (father and son) share opposing side of this massive monolith. The father’s features are deep and well-defined. He overlooks a turtle, a cultural symbol wisdom and experience. The son’s features are antithetical to those of his father. He has yet to define his character. The stone in front of him is a perfect cube; yet to be etched by time. Perhaps he will be as his father in years to come. Perhaps this life’s stone will chisel a turtle, as well. For us who still breath, the same holds true. Our lives are yet to be carved. Each moment better defines who we are. Let these moments define our best selves.

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Body Awakening appreciates the wisdom of our human culture from its rich past offering the arts that keep us at our best. We turn our face freshly forward to experience living life well. The same we wish for you. Welcome to 2015 C.E.!