Road Tripping + Relaxing

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We have returned from our wonderfully lazy and fun Crestone gettaway.

Despite my best intentions to go for big hikes, do lots of yoga, meditate for hours blah blah blah, what we really did was sleep, eat and laugh! We went for a daily leisurely stroll too. And honestly, I think that was much more in line with what I actually needed. I feel happy, rested and very connected right now upon my return to the big city.

Nine plus hours of sleep for 5 nights in a row. Heaven! Long soaks in the healing waters of Ojo Caliente. Superb! The final season of The Office. Oh my goodness! Excuse me for tarnishing any shiny spiritual veneer you might have imagined on me, but that stuff is freakin’ hilarious!

It was also very fun to simply lie around with Thad, snuggling, chatting, and drinking tea. I got sucked into a fascinating new book and loved cooking lazily, sharing meals with our dear friends and teachers Dan and Sue. Thaddeus and I even baked a carrot cake together for my birthday which was by no means lovely, but very tasty.

I had two great Shiatsu treatments with the massage students at Crestone Healing Arts Center and one incredibly powerful, super magic Shamanic juju healing session with Dan. Still processing that one for sure.

I enjoyed one illuminating yoga class with Annie Pace, who really assisted me in finding a new focus of rotation to address my ongoing SI joint issues. I wish I could have had more time with her, but she was heading out of town for a big Ashtanga conference in Bali before her winter in Mysore.

We were able to attend both a Kundalini Yoga class and a Qi Gong session with Dan, so that was awesome as well. Although we missed the Diwali celebration by one day, we did get a nice little visit at the ashram and some quiet time in the Divine Mother Temple.

I absolutely love road trips. It’s so exhilarating to pack up the car and just go. Driving in the Southwest is particularly spectacular. The roads are open and empty and the views are stunning. I love driving fast and listening to music way too loud. Luckily Thad likes to sing along to just about everything as much as I do.

I feel like every road trip has its “thing”…something silly or symbolic even. Our thing this trip was to add the word “Tippitoes!” to all the songs to which we were listening. We would just be singing along to whomever, chiming in “Tippitoes!” with enthusiasm at whatever appropriate rhythm. Silliness is a good thing indeed.

Anyways, enough babble. Here are a few assorted pics from our time in Crestone and at Ojo Caliente.

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Love Frances

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11 thoughts on “Road Tripping + Relaxing

  1. love this post. Great photos… I feel like taking a good road trip now… don’t think I’d manage getting my husband to an ashram… getting him to take us to the yoga festival is a start though. I’d love to hear more about the shamanic juju healing (i’ve never heard what shamanic healing is like) and will you be doing a post on the carrot cake by chance? It’s on my list of things I want to try and make and I’m assuming yours is vegetarian/vegan!

    • Thanks Roanna. Baby steps! Yoga festival is a great start.
      Regarding the body work, I sort of jokingly called it shamanic juju etc etc., because there are no real words to describe the work that Dan does. It is very profound and otherwordly…I pretty much always get so tranced out during his work. For this session at least, the first section was all hands off, energetic work, basically a type of ‘quantum matrix’ healing, and then he did a long session of chi nei sang, which is a gentle modality of moving chi in the internal organs – it’s pretty amazing as well. I’m still feeling the effects of the treatment integrating…honestly still not sure what more to say about it.
      Cake – well, Thad found a random recipe and since he’s the king of the cows, there was organic butter and cream cheese, but no eggs. It was tasty. I love carrot cake and will try to share a vegan recipe that I’ve made before sometime here on Lila. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope you are well!
      Blessings

      • Hi Frances,

        Thanks for the response. That carrot cake sounds good regardless. I’m not vegan, although I have a tendency to avoid eggs in baking or go totally vegan with them sometimes. I look forward to any recipe you’ll be putting up!

        The healing session sounds interesting. Beyond my yoga and meditation practice, I tend to be a “western hemisphere cautious skeptic” about things, but since I had a reiki session done in May, I’m much more curious about the energy work. During the Reiki, I could feel waves of warm chills that travelled down my body. It was a sensation that frightened me at the time, but I felt so good afterwards… I felt like I did in the weeks after my daughter was born… in balance and at peace with myself, total self-acceptance! Then life gradually gets in the way and old storylines return! I decided to deal with the long-standing anxiety issues I’ve had by going to an Ayurvedic doctor. Western medicine made things worse! In addition to some herbal supplements, he prescribed a series of sarvanga abhyanga massages with shirodhara. I had the first one today and during the shirodhara with the warm oil on my forehead I had the same energy experience as with the reiki and it still frightened me. I guess my little ego is afraid of letting go of control. Very frustrating, but i found myself reaching out to the Divine (spritual quest is my other current activity!) Afterwards, I felt a little out of it and came home and had to eat something… some of which was a few cookies (and there I was making huge steps at stopping refined sugar!). For next week’s appointment, i’ll have a healthier snack ready! I don’t know anyone where I live who’s interested in this stuff, so I just thought I’d ask you if any of this seems normal, to be expected? I felt like I hit a road block today and was disappionted that I got frightened again. However, that detail of turning to the divine was nice.

        Thanks for listening to me and many Blessings,
        Roanna

      • Hi Roanna,
        I’m a practitioner of Reiki and I know exactly what you are talking about actually. There is nothing to be afraid of when you feel that type of energetic movement. It is a good thing – it is the harmonizing and balancing of your subtle energies. It’s so interesting that you relate that sensation to your postpartum time, perhaps the Reiki-type energy movement feels like rushes of ocytocin?
        I’m a big fan of abhyanga…I rub oil on my body almost everyday. It’s very soothing and helps me with dryness and joint pain.
        Don’t beat yourself up over a few cookies! It’s totally not a big deal…you were craving a little nurturing and that’s what felt right in the moment, no sweat, k?
        Sounds like you are doing exactly that right thing with these weekly appointments. Be open to the experience and allow yourself to feel whatever comes up. Ayurveda is a very ancient science of healing – you can trust that what you are experiencing as a result of the shirodhara and massage is good, nothing to be afraid of :)
        Blessings!
        Love F

  2. Thank you so much for the information you gave me, Frances. By giving me the context of the subtle bodies, you’ve given me a reference point that makes me feel better! It was incredible that the effects I felt even 24 and 48 hours later and my meditation practice has been a little different as well. i’ll definitely be going to my next appointment this week more open to the unknown and the sensations.

    As for the period surrounding the birth of my daughter, I will tell you that I studied hypnobirthing (a type of guided meditation) and the last 2 hours of labor for me were incredible. Between the contractions I fell into blackness, emptiness and it was total bliss. Since I had a natural birth, I felt like superwoman afterwards. All my anxieties and fears disappeared… it was an incredible period and I’m sure all that oxytocin had a lot to do with it to. I’d relive it in a minute and would wish every woman to have as an empowering birthing experience as I had.

    Blessings and thanks again!
    Roanna

    • Wow – that sounds incredible. What an amazing experience. I definitely hope to have a natural birth someday. I can only imagine how powerful that must have been.
      Blessings
      F

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