Still Water

Breathing in, I see myself as

still water, a calm, clear lake

in and around me

Breathing out, I reflect things

just as they are,

inside and around me

A Handful of Quiet “Thich Nhat Hanh”

Searching Sedona

I just came back from a day trip to  Sedona, Arizona, one of the most beautiful spots in this country.  Surrounded by red rocks, whirling vortexes and positive energy, I was able to spend the day hiking up Bell Rock.  Although it’s wintertime, the temperature was perfect for hiking, not too hot, not too cold, and because of the season, the number of tourists was very low.

Bell Rock is one of the larger vortex sites in Sedona. Vortexes are concentrations of energy spiraling upward from the Earth. As you climb the rock, you can see tree trunks that are twisted, a visual sign that energy is present.  Vortex sites are known to have physical and spiritual healing properties and there are a number of them present in Sedona.  Whether or not you believe, you can certainly feel something is different in this part of the world.

As far as when to travel, summer has beautiful weather, but if you want to avoid the crowds, winter or early spring is perfect as you can experience more solitude and still have sunny skies.  All you need is a light jacket and a water bladder or bottle and you are good to go.

Do you Search for Purpose and Meaning?

One of my newest books explores people’s search for purpose and meaning in their lives through individual therapy sessions.  You are not alone in your search.

Restless Soul Syndrome is now available on Amazon, Tomorrow River Publishing and Kindle.

https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Soul-Syndrome-Karolee-Krause/dp/1693415054/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=restless+soul+syndrome&qid=1573486161&sr=8-1

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Restless Soul Syndrome

Enter the world of psychotherapy and the search for purpose and meaning. Through individualized therapy sessions, explore common everyday struggles with career, life changes, relationship conflicts, grief and loss.

Introducing my new book, “Restless Soul Syndrome“, a journey in search of health, happiness and reasons to live.

Available at Amazon, Kindle and Tomorrow River Publishing

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1693415054/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Restless+Soul+Syndrome&qid=1571064306&sr=8-1

https://www.tomorrowriverpublishing.com/product/restless-soul-syndrome/

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Hazardous Hiking

I arrived at the base of Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona, alone and stood reading the sign above indicating that I had to be prepared to rescue myself.  hmmm….

I was determined to hike Cathedral Rock although I had no knowledge of the landscape or terrain.  As I stood reading the sign about the possible dangers, I was reminded that I was now in Arizona, which had poisonous snakes and scorpions.  I then looked up at the peak of Cathedral Rock and started to question myself.  I had always been a solo hiker.  I loved being out in nature and exploring, but as I contemplated going up the various pathways alone, I started having fear of getting lost, falling and breaking a limb, or getting bit by a snake.  My mind went rampant with thoughts of what could go wrong.  I started to have cold feet.  Then suddenly, a woman appeared next to me.  I turned to her and asked her if she wanted to hike with me, so we began hiking up the steep and beautiful sandstone butte together.

Hiking has always been one of my passions.  I usually just show up wherever I am and start hiking, but this adventure reminded me of some of the dangers of solo exploration and how being prepared is probably a good idea.  In this case, a first aid kit, water, map of the area, a compass, food, a whistle and cell phone were all recommended.

Cathedral Rock was an amazing climb.  The rock formations became steeper with each step and had I been alone, I would not have ventured to the top, so I was grateful for my hiking companion who had hiked the peak in the past.  She led me to the top, where I sat and watched the sunrise over the the beautiful Arizona landscape.

Wherever you are hike, be mindful of the weather and what kind of obstacles or wildlife you could encounter.

Life is meant to be explored!  Be safe and have fun!

 

The Spiritual Path

After a long transition, I felt the call to quiet contemplation and spiritual direction and found myself driving to St. Anthony’s Spiritual Sanctuary, a Franciscan retreat center in rural Wisconsin.

I had no plans, other than to spend a day in silent prayer and mindful walking but shortly after I arrived, I met with the Reverend and spent some time talking to him about life transitions and spiritual practice.  I then roamed the Sanctuary and was mesmerized by the long hallways that hundreds of young men had walked before me as they prepared for a lifetime devoted to spiritual practice.

Sometimes we feel we have to journey far to find a retreat or place of solitude, but the sanctuary is closer than we think.  The silence, the serenity, and tranquility that we seek is within each of us.  Our spiritual journey is visible when we clear the weeds from our minds and step intentionally onto the path that we were given.  Sometimes the road leads us in a different direction than where we intended to go, but that is when we need to trust that we are being guided and that the new path will be smoother, lighter and brighter than the path that we chose for ourselves.

In life, sometimes we choose a path, and sometimes the path is chosen for us.

 

Sin City Mindfulness

Las Vegas is probably the last place where you would expect to experience mindfulness, but it is actually the perfect place to spend three bliss filled days of silence, inner quiet and peace.

I recently returned from an advanced mindfulness certification workshop where I spent my days going within, while the world outside was filled with chaos, honking horns, and swarms of people.  I found myself being able to center and ground myself from the days spent in meditation, mindful walking, and joyful practices when I walked outside onto the city streets and joined the madness of life, but I did not get pulled outside of my now present state of being as I had discovered an anchor.

On the rooftop of the Platinum Hotel, I practiced mindful walking, noticing the autumn breeze, the tiny feathers floating in the swimming pool, and the jet airplane that soared in the sky above.  The world as I knew it had come to a standstill and the stillness that I entered within, was a place of peace that I had never experienced before.

Now I find myself practicing moments of mindfulness throughout the day, walking, sitting and sipping tea.  Life is forever changed.

Funky Flagstaff

On a previous hiking trip to the Grand Canyon, I hung out at the train station in Flagstaff waiting for the shuttle back to Phoenix.  At that time, I didn’t explore the area but on a recent day trip, I discovered that Flagstaff is really a funky fun town.

San Francisco Street is full of unique shops and tasty restaurants with recipes from around the world.  I found a fab tea house that offers both Japanese style seating and a tea bar where I ordered a lavender mint latte with almond milk, a unique healthy option to the usual coffee blends.

Exploring the colorful city, I discovered a sound healing shop where I went on a wild musical ride in a sound chair that has built-in chimes that when played, put me into a deep state of relaxation.  The shop also has a sound healing bed that is specifically built to take you on a sound therapy journey with gongs and giant chimes where you hear and feel and sense every vibration.

Flagstaff has a cool vibe and good energy with street musicians, street art, and upbeat people. The mountains are a skier or snowboarders dream and of course, Sedona and the Grand Canyon are nearby for hiking adventures.

If you are exploring Arizona, you will want to put Flagstaff on your list of places to explore.

Soul Motion

A SACRED JOURNEY OF MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND SOUL

Sacred travelers can hear the call of faraway places and distant lands, and we love the experience that international travel brings.  Our senses come alive in the spice markets of Marrakesh, our lungs fill with crisp mountain air in places like Tibet or Zanskar, and our bodies are refreshed in the rainforests of Costa Rica.  As a person who intentionally seeks international travel and beautiful places, I am always planning my next trip.  Quite unexpectedly one day, I found myself not on an outer journey to a remote and exotic land, but instead, on an inner journey of body, mind, and spirit.  It was called, “Soul Motion” and Mark Ensweiler was my guide.

Mark has been in the healing arts for over 35 years and has an impressive background as a Board Certified Licensed Chiropractor, Certified Yoga Instructor, and Certified Soul Motion Teacher.  When asked about Soul Motion, Mark said, “I continue to find these wonderful “conscious dance/movement” practices to be an ongoing way to support healing, creativity, (movement & seated) meditation, and inspiration in my own life and it’s a great way to share meaningful time with others as well in a supportive group setting.  Each individual Soul Motion class is complete unto itself and yet there are a wide variety of “practices” that can be experienced in a class and this is the beauty of Soul Motion.”

An average session will last approximately 75 minutes, as Mark skillfully guides you through a variety of music, and at times will instruct you to connect to specific areas of your body.  Most of the journey is freeform, with no talking; an inner journey for you to solely take.  There are no limitations as you follow your breath and let your body move in ways that it needs, as it releases old stagnant energy, aches and pains and everyday stressors.  The diversity of music allows you to choose your own movement whether it is slow, standing still, or dancing wildly.  Each piece of music is carefully selected by Mark and includes a mix of international vibes, spiritual tunes and a crescendo of notes that takes you on an inner journey that is uniquely individual and yours alone to take.

Music has been well known to a be a potent healer for people in a variety of ways.  Music soothes the spirit in difficult times and lifts the spirit in times of celebration.  Movement is also recognized as an important element of healing, and when you combine music and movement, you have a powerful combination of personal expression.

If you are seeking a new experience, want to connect more deeply with yourself, or simply love music and movement, take a trip through Soul Motion.  There is no greater journey than one to know your authentic self…

Mark is offering an upcoming series, “Soul Motion Movement Meditation”; sessions begin this fall at Dance Dynamics in Plover.

For more information about Mark or Soul Motion, please contact him at:

msensweiler@gmail.com

For more information about Soul Motion, or its creator, Vinn Arjuna Martí contact:

http://soulmotion.com/

 

Solo Traveling for Your Soul

 

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Traveling Solo

Have you ever tried going solo?  It’s a great experience that everyone should do at some point in their lifetime.  Traveling solo allows you the chance to get to know yourself better in several different ways.  Sometimes traveling alone can be a challenge, but more often, it is a wonderful experience that can open up your life in ways that you could never imagine.  I often take trips alone, meeting new and interesting people, exploring beautiful natural places and most of all, traveling solo allows my soul the chance to grow.

Solo spiritual traveling…. your soul needs it.