Written by Samantha Kussmann
At the bottom of a mountainous landscape you find yourself feeling weary, about to embark on a strenuous journey up to the top. While taking in your present moment surroundings, you glance up at the strong, wise and sacred rock formations that have organically formed over 100,000 year periods in time. You spot your villa at the top, nestled between the highest peaks. You gently close your eyes, with an internal knowing that some force, even the mountains themselves are guiding you along your path. Observing your breath you take a profoundly deep inhale and graciously watch it pass through your lungs, diaphragm and solar plexus. The pure oxygen, released from the surrounding foliage, illuminates your cells with warm light energy and you feel empowered once again to rise up, with the knowledge you are receiving guidance with each step you take.
Our technology dependent, whirlwind lifestyles have created a culture of being so far removed from each other, from our natural guidance and from the inner knowing that we are never alone, that we allow it to distract us from the raw inhibited beauty that surrounds us. It is only once we return to our breath, and to our natural landscapes that we allow for essential moments of reflection - a time to slow down and reconnect to ourselves, the loving life sustaining oxygen that surrounds us and in turn to each other.
Climbing a mountain is humbling in that it shows you how much time it takes for 100,000 year old land masses to form, how time and patience is essential for organic learning and growth. Humans have only been here for an instant when compared to the age of the earth, and we have a lot to learn from the wisdom of nature.
Reaching this state of elevation and evolution into our higher selves is possible- but only when we stop to reflect on the journey we have taken thus far. Ego is the soul in its infancy, and the ancestral landscapes that surround us are our teachers.
What we can learn from our ancestral mountains in particular, is the ability to remain strong and unshakeable throughout the changing weather, seasons and external stressors that make up our lives. They stand tall and still, whole and complete – they teach us absolute unity in the midst of eternal change and show us that finding a centre within ourselves is essential in our response to the rapidly changing world around us.
The act of climbing shows that the perseverance required to sustain through life’s stressors, is about leaning into that loss of control and the dissolution of our ego.This comes from the knowledge that with one wrong step, we could fall at any moment. And yet, by taking an example from the strength that our natural environment has maintained- be it from the mountains or the oxygen rich air that surrounds us - we can find guidance, if we only breath, open our senses, and listen. The truth is, we are constantly being supported by a legion of seen and unseen forces, whether that be our ancestors, the earth that continuously supports our thriving here, or the air we breathe.
And the point of it being, whether to collect and internalize the lessons we would like to impart to our generations to come or for our own personal growth and improvement - we must find time for these moments of reflection, because it is only here that we can heal ourselves and in turn that we can heal the world.
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