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Woven around the heart of wonder, #2B, 2014 Trip

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.
-- John O'Donohue

I am well into the solo camper trip to the west coast, having begun May 24 from home in central Arkansas. This June 2 early Monday morning finds me ready to continue the western pull, after landing five days ago at my yoga sister Connie's amazing digs in Sandia Park, outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Many wonderful things have come and is the tip of the iceberg --

~ my 1984 Toyota Dolphin -- nothing automatic, nothing power, 21+ ft. cab-over home-on-wheels -- is performing admirably

~ enjoying having the intense storms do no more than nip at my heels/tires as I cruised through OK and the Panhandle of TX

~ wonderful folk who helped make the first nights of camping easeful and enjoyable

~ Palo Duro Canyon, TX where I enjoyed my first wonderful and extensive cycling experience

~ the beauty of the back roads and mostly avoiding freeways so far

~ five fun restful days at the home of artist friend and long time yoga sister, Connie, who I first met when we both lived in San Francisco and she was a clothing designer doing her art on the side (now she does her art and makes clothes [for herself] on the side)

View during a bike ride at Connie's

...and this

...and this

...and this

So serendipitous that this quote of my always-hero, Joseph Campbell, greeted me on the door of Connie's guest room that I occupied

~ being a part of the commencement of the 4-day Longdance and meeting about 50 of Connie's friends who participate in this special native ritual on consecrated land with a beautiful kiva and sweatlodge



Sweat Lodge

~ meeting delightful cyber-friend and sangha sister Mary, who lives in Santa Fe; she invited me into her home for a night and we enjoyed communing while I got the "cook's tour" of Santa Fe (I forgot my camera on Saturday, but have a few shots of Sunday)

Lovely Mary in the garden of Harry' Roadhouse

What a wonderful breakfast we had here!

Here we are at breakfast

Mary's sweet Santa Fe home

~ rendezvousing with Connie for lunch and to experience the wonderful soul/gospel group Zenobia Sunday afternoon in Santa Fe

Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe

Zenobia and group performing with happy customers dancing

Me'n Connie at lunch

~ enjoying the Georgia O'Keefe Museum before leaving Santa Fe

Permanent O'Keefe collection, plus an exhibit of O'Keefe's and Ansel Andams' amazing Hawaii work. We were allowed to take non-flash photos in the permanent collection section, and here are three --

On our way back to Connie's as we left Santa Fe, I spotted the wonderful Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe (sadly the position of the afternnon sun covered the frontal shot in shadows)

~ relishing ice cream on a hot Sunday afternoon at the Jezebel Gallery and Soda Fountain in Madrid (MA-drid, like the "ma" in man) as we returned to Connie's

~ loving the lights and shadows of this part of New Mexico

Now to pack (and try hard not to leave a trail of forgotten things) and continue my journey on the back roads toward Arizona and then California.


Dry and humid
(New Mexico and Arkansas)

Level and lopsided
(The parked camper)

Hot and cold
(New Mexico sun and dry ice)

Pain and pleasure
(My achy body and joyful heart)

Confusion and understanding
(Words and maps).

I continue to experience
joy and its opposites.

In equal portions?
Not a chance --

I bathe in joy,
but I don't shun its opposite.

I encourage hope
but I recognize despair.

And mostly,
I enjoy the light, bright state
of Beingness in the
Here and the Now.

-- Mahalakshmi
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    Loved the pictures, loved the poem and Sam looks pretty good, too!! emoticon Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1441 days ago
    "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."
    Ah yes! Thank you for the words and the images and the poetry of your journey.
    1448 days ago
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    Your posts, descriptions, and thoughts along the way of your journey continue to be inspiring Maha. I totally look forward to your next blog. I feel lucky to be part of this process.

    1448 days ago
    always love your pics and tales of your adventures! xoxo! enjoy your journey! keep spreading the love!
    1449 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your poetry. You are amazing.
    Blessings as you go, my friend! Keep us posted.
    1449 days ago
    You are visiting a beautiful part of the country. As you drive through Arizona on your way to California be sure to see some of the treasures in that state as well: the red rocks of Sedona and the majestic Grand Canyon.
    Your journey sounds wonderful - as you are visiting interesting places while connecting with friends along the way.

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    1450 days ago
    Rally enjoyed reading you blog again and the pictures
    made me want to be on the road with you. emoticon
    1451 days ago
    Here's to not leaving "a trail of forgotten things" and continuing safely on your journey!
    1451 days ago
    My dear Maha -

    Palo Duro Canyon is one of my favorite special places. You saw a picture of it on my FB page long ago. My dear friend, Barbara, lives close by. If I had known you were going there, I would have hooked you up!! She could have taken you on an awesome hike as she knows the Canyon well.

    AND the Georgia O'Keefe museum is one of the places Beth and I visited on a 2010 out-of-town trip with two friends to Amarillo/Las Cruces/Albuquerque/Santa Fe/Taos/Colorado Springs. It was the next-to-the-last trip we took out of town together!!

    Your blog brings back SO many memories (and tears) ... safe travels, my friend.

    Much love,
    1452 days ago
    emoticon Maha! emoticon Thank you so much for sharing! emoticon
    1453 days ago
    "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."

    That so sums up a great conversation I had with Juan just now about boundaries in dating! Lol. Meet everyone with a fresh mind!

    Love you and so happy to see what you're seeing through your eyes!

    1453 days ago
    Great pics. Nice to see what you look like.
    1453 days ago
    This was really good, love your pictures! emoticon emoticon
    1453 days ago
    Love the Eckhart Tolle's statement: "To meet everything and everyone through stillness instead of mental noise is the greatest gift you can offer to the universe."

    And love the photos and update on your travels! Sounds like a wonderful trip!
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    Comment edited on: 6/3/2014 1:30:39 PM
    Great photos! Thanks for sharing.

    1453 days ago
    Thoroughly enjoyed reading up on YOU and your amazing travels! I know those polemic emotional opposites - it's life!
    1453 days ago
    What a joy to read of your travels this morning. The pictures are awesome. So glad that you are enjoying your adventure and meeting up with friends along the way. Thankful for your love and patience in sharing with us in your poem. emoticon emoticon
    1453 days ago
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