If you look over to your right on this blog and scroll down through "Popular Posts" you will come across one I wrote several years back about my Pagan Retreat in Appalachia. That experience took place at Cerren Ered in a rather secluded location in the Smoky Mountains. It is pretty much off the grid.
I found peace and respite in that magickal place. With a well fed soul, I made art, danced to my heart's content and connected with 'salt of the earth' folks. There's something about being up at a high altitude that makes the heart rest well, to say the least about invoking the spirits, while also inspiring creativity.
Last week, I shared some thoughts on meadows in the post Meadow of Dreams. In addition to traversing the meadow that lives in our primordial mind during meditation, we also visit the mountains through that practice. This journey towards all that is mystical and powerful in the mountain, is echoed in hatha yoga as we take on Tadasana (mountain pose). I always welcome the opportunity to take on Tadasana. It is a chance to gather your thoughts and strength, supported by the grounding center of a mountain.
These last couple of weeks have been stressful. I have been pushed to the limits by collective forces. When I get pushed to this point of no return, I go back to life's more peaceful experiences. Going to the mountain as a traveler, in mind, body or spirit, takes my breath away.
I remember the first time I saw mountains in real life. I traveled the Blue Ridge Parkway, with baby and toddler in tow, and a tear stained face, on the way to help organize my mother's funeral.
Still, even though I was deep in mourning, there was something about the mountains around me that perked up my spirits. Now the mountains are a place I return to as frequently as possible, even taking detours on planned trips just to walk among them. I did this in Australia, when we just had to stop off in Kuranda for a few days.
Now that I've gotten so aggravated, once again my heart and soul yearns for a visit to the welcoming mountains. I have a plan to return to Tennessee next summer. I will be with my friends there that have become like family. I anticipate lots of sharing, engaging with the Goddess and in earth-based spirituality. The plan is also to drink in the fortification the spectacular beauty and thin air of the Smoky Mountains lends.
Meanwhile, I will take a few moments today to stand tall in myself, through Tadasana. I'm hoping to find a few moments for mindful meditation that includes a visit to the mountain that resides in a peaceful mind.