Illuminating Renewal ~ Christmas in the Desert
I love creating my own way to spend the holidays, airing always on the unconventional and mixing in things that have always touched the child in me.
We all have ways that speak to us for experiencing all of life. I choose to experience it by my own heart’s gauge, and am always open to how that may reflect, change, and create itself at any given moment.
This year seemed to be about the desert for the seasonal celebrations, as that’s where I find myself again for the long Christmas weekend.
The desert couldn’t be a more beautiful way to relax and reflect on the year behind, the year ahead, and the integration of both in the now, while doing a lot of nature connecting.
There is a purity and sacredness to the desert that feels supportive of receiving clarity and standing in the raw nakedness of my personal truth.
This Christmas weekend’s retreat at a remote little sanctuary with the Pacific Crest Trail steps outside the door is perfect. And all of the little touches that have just seamlessly woven themselves together, are infusing my soul with much-embraced nurturing.
Arriving yesterday on Christmas Eve afternoon to a just-made-fire by the hosts, an old record playing on the old-fashioned record player, and 360 degree breath-taking views, was more than I could have asked for.
After settling in, I enjoyed reading a book that has personal connection, and is supporting a deeper soul exploration and integration, while I retrieve more parts of myself and increase my understanding of who I am. It’s sparking new ideas for what’s next.
And there is nothing like being snug in your jammies by a real stone fireplace on Christmas Eve, with the wind howling outside out in the middle of nowhere, warm apple pie filling the air, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer for viewing, listening, and feeling pleasure, like a Christmas story that tucked me in for the night.
Today, Christmas morning welcomed a beautiful sunrise on the desert landscape, inviting tea and Christmas cookies, and then a gorgeous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail, ascending 1000 feet through enchanted terrain without a soul around except for the Elementals.
This provided the ability to take it all in and stroll intentfully along the way.
It’s so wonderful not to have any plan or particulars to do. That left some exploration time of this little remote oasis to take in the other unique and hobbit dwellings and landscape.
Definitely feeling in my element. It’s like a desert Shire.
A lot to explore both inside and out this weekend and I’m listening to what wants to voice itself to me…subtle or loudly.
I definitely don’t believe that we need to “go away” on retreat to do so, but we do have to consciously and intentionally make the effort to listen, where ever we choose to be.
And we can use our surroundings, the people in it, and the triggers to take a conscious look within as to their reflections.
I just particularly need the literal adventure, as it is my soul requirement in order to feel my most expansive and free.
View from Pacific Crest Trail of the little secluded oasis retreat area I’m enjoying below
Today there were conversations around what “enlightenment” is, how being mindful and conscious makes a difference, why people have a challenge with attaining things they say they desire, and an exploration of the spirituality around this time of year.
And it all has been flowing a lot of illumination and connection in deepening and emanating ways.
The images I snapped quickly along the way, reveal the light of this renewing energy of today that is available to us all.
Arise and shine!
Posted on December 25, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged cactus gardens, christmas in the desert, desert, pacific crest trail, palm springs, unconventional christmas. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.