We practice Shamatha to slow down our agitated mind and gain stability. When we offer our mind a chance to calm down, we are offering ourselves a chance to observe and understand our inner workings.
When we're caught in a store of emotions, we can practice to be like the trunk and become still, not carried away by our thinking and emotions.
Today, Ann and I climbed up more than half way to 4.1 miles. We had a 2,100 foot elevation increase on this wonderfully beautiful journey on a day with perfect hiking weather. Another key milestone for today was the fact that we reached 9,500 feet of altitude on the hike. That is the highest I have ever been hiking.
On a nice Sunday afternoon I decided to go back into Rock Canyon. I couldn't get anyone to go with me because the forecast was calling for rain and maybe thunderstorms.
Again, my morning commune with nature and the outdoors took me to a wonderful experience of nature, beauty and relaxation.
My morning commune today was focused on something you see a lot of here on my blog: Mount Timpanogos in Provo, UT.
This was by far NOT a typical Sunday. Usually on Sundays I get up, do some uplifting reading or writing, listen to my favorite Sunday music and head off to church for a 9a service. Not today.
I woke up early this morning and had the brilliant idea to go take a drive into Provo Canyon and up the Alpine Loop past Sundance Resort. I wanted to do something to escape the unfortunate Coronavirus circumstances in which we find ourselves.
A special Christmas experience for the Johnson family.
I was hoping to see the Winter version of this. My friend Richard Barron challenged me 2 weeks ago to photograph the Spiral Jetty that is located way north of Salt Lake City on the northeast side of the Great Salt Lake at Rozel Point. I had never heard of it before. After doing a … Continue reading Journey to the Jetty…Or Not