Written by Samantha Kussmann

Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up.
— Tyler Knott
Room + Mountains. Photo property of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar.

Room + Mountains. Photo property of Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar.

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.

Room + Mountain. Photo property of HOSHINOYA Fuji.

Room + Mountain. Photo property of HOSHINOYA Fuji.

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.

The act of rising up, to an improved vantage point or elevated state that was gained through adversary, struggle or hits to the ego, is only possible once we’ve taken the time to internalize what we would like to improve on and it is here that we are inspired by something greater than ourselves. 
Room + Mountain. Photo property of Hotel Villa Honegg.

Room + Mountain. Photo property of Hotel Villa Honegg.

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. 

Room + Highlands. Photo property of Santani Wellness Resort.

Room + Highlands. Photo property of Santani Wellness Resort.

Various cultures around the world maintain the importance of mountain worship and sacredness, as they demonstrate a power that is to be awed and revered. It’s been said that the energy felt when surrounded by mountains is masculine and fatherly in that it provides a sense of protection and teaches the importance of balance, wholeness, completion and structure.
Room + Mountain. Photo property of Hotel 7132.

Room + Mountain. Photo property of Hotel 7132.

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. 

It is once we are at the top, having reached the rewarding view from the clouds and looking down upon the civilizations we’ve built, can we accept just how small, humble, and youthful the human race really is. It is here that we are truly granted the time for reflection on how we would like to improve from our journey thus far-  in order for us to elevate our consciousness and truly ascended.
Room + Mountains. Photo property of Tierra Patagonia.

Room + Mountains. Photo property of Tierra Patagonia.

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. 

Room + Mountains. Photo property of Whitepod.

Room + Mountains. Photo property of Whitepod.


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