This month I took a much-anticipated trip to Sedona, Arizona. It’d been on my “places I must see or else I’ll be devastated” list and I’m so glad I went.
Sedona is known as a New Age Mecca, and it’s no wonder why — intuitives/psychics are abundant. Just like you see a Starbucks on every corner in Seattle (or, well, any city these days), you’ll find alternative healing services on every corner in Sedona. The streets are lined with stores offering aura photographs and of course, there are the energy vortexes – areas that are believed to be spiritual centers wherein there is a spiraling flow of energy. I actually felt it in all of Sedona – it felt insulated somehow – protected from the outside world. Check out the twisted Juniper tree below – evidence of the energy at one of the vortex sites at work.
If you’ve spent some time traveling, you probably know that when we’re taken out of our element and shake up our routines a little by visiting unfamiliar places, we can learn a lot: not only about place we’re visiting, but ourselves. My trip to Sedona was no exception. I took so much away from that trip — not the least of which is a new album full of gorgeous photographs.
The vortexes (vortices) do exist: even if you are not energetically sensitive like an empath, you’ll likely feel the energy at or near the vortexes. If you are energetically sensitive, you’ll feel it as soon as you enter Sedona. There is something about the place that feels magical. I would imagine if you lived there, it would be easy to become insulated from the “outside world”. The people in Sedona are friendly – they go out of their way to be kind to you. And while that may be because their economy relies so heavily on tourism, I like to believe it is the energy within the town that raises people’s vibrations, thus improving their moods and helping them naturally be kind to others.
Baby steps will get you where you want to go: when hiking along the trails and looking up to the peaks of the rocks, I could’ve thought, “There is just no way I’m going to get up there.” But instead, I focused on the small steps I needed to take in order to get to where I wanted. As with any goal in life we want to reach, focusing on the baby steps is critical to success. If we just focus on the peak of the proverbial mountain, we might feel like our goal is too daunting and unattainable; we might get overwhelmed or give up before we even get started. Think about the baby steps you can take to get to where you want to go.
Be gentle with myself and others: Gone are the days of talking to myself poorly. Sometimes my inner dialogue isn’t so kind to me – in fact, I can be downright nasty to myself sometimes. I wouldn’t dare speak to another human being that way, so why would I speak to myself that way? As long as I can feel good about my personal intentions (am I doing the best I can?), I can love and forgive myself of just about anything. And since I believe we are all truly connected, I will do my best to be gentle with others. I will try to first understand where someone else is coming from and why they are doing what they are doing. I’ll give the benefit of the doubt instead of judging. We all experience ups and downs, and sometimes a little understanding and gentleness is all we need.
Your spirit guides travel with you: if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I find dimes during significant moments of my life. Being in Arizona was no exception. While hiking on Bell Rock, I was writing “Hi Mom” on the rocks to take a picture for my mom (duh!) and looked down at my feet and found a dime! It seemed to appear out of thin air. And the air really is thinner at higher elevations…har.har. I got chills and teary and felt surrounded by my team of guides in that moment. Turns out, they travel too (for free, I assume – ha!). My dime-finding moment was awe-some. And it gave me that extra affirmation that we’re never really alone.
Cactuses (cacti?) – no matter how “cute” they might look – really do hurt. ‘Nuff said.
I’m still processing a lot of what I learned in Sedona – a follow-up post may be in order once I sort through how this trip changed me and impacted my life. But for now I’ll end with this: if you get a chance to visit Sedona, GO! Even if you’re not the outdoorsy type. Heck, even if you’re not the New-Agey type (when will we come up with a new term for this, btw?), you’ll love it.
If I had to sum Sedona up in one word, it would be “magical”.
Have you been to Sedona? What did you take-away from your stay there? If you haven’t, what’s been your favorite travel experience? Share it here with us! I love hearing from readers.
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