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.