A Mindful Weekend In The Mojave Desert, part 2

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Last weekend I escaped the craziness in Las Vegas, and along with my dog I went for a zen weekend in the desert. To me it seemed like the perfect thing to do, before Christmas. I shared some photos in my last post. Here is some more of my favorite photos from that weekend.

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The Mojave Desert is a harsh, but very spiritual, place. It’s as much a matrix as anything else in my life has been. Growing up in the desert has a different gestalt than growing up in a temperate zone, with its humidity and rainfall. As children growing up in the Mojave, we chased lizards and snakes, instead of frogs and squirrels. There is an arid openness about it, and a true feeling of being alone, that you don’t get in any other type of environment.
James Stanford, Shimmering Zen

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I did several hikes last weekend, but this was one of the most memorable ones.

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The gestalt of living in the desert, surrounded by the desert, was a big influence in my life and in the lives of other artists in this community. There are many artists and musicians who grew up as lonely kids in the desert with nothing to do, and who chose to channel their focus inward. In the Mojave Desert, numinous, mystical experiences are not as rare as one might think. The numinous is a part of the whole artistic experience for the desert artist.  James Stanford

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James Stanford is a local contemporary artist that I admire. I think it was fitting to match some things he have said about living in Mojave, to my photos from last weekend.

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I’m going to let this beautiful Buckhorn Cholla be the last photo for this time. I hope your Christmas was fabulous! My daughter arrived safely, and it was a Christmas filled with love, laughter, good food, and a trip to Mount Charleston. Yes, we did see some wild horses too.

Love,

Ms Zen

 

A Mindful Weekend In The Mojave Desert

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Let the quiet of the Mojave desert tuck you in. That’s what I did this weekend. I escaped the craziness in Las Vegas, and along with my dog I took off for a zen weekend in the desert. To me it seemed like the perfect thing to do, before Christmas, and before getting my daughter back full-time (tomorrow!!!)

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I spent the weekend exploring back roads that I’ve noticed on my visit three weeks ago, but didn’t have time to explore. I hiked a few shorter hikes. The most memorable up to Teutonia Peak. I climbed some big boulders, and spent time meditating on top of them.

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When you’re engulfed in a quiet sea of Joshua trees, and cacti, nothing disturbs your mind. I felt light and free, and emotional at the same time. Mojave National Preserve, it’s a 1.6 million acres park, you can easily spend a day without seeing one single soul, if you want. The cellphone reception is almost non-existing throughout the park, (some spots have a weak signal,) you need to keep in mind where you are at all times.

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I’m so grateful that I could invest in my peace of mind this weekend. Exercising, and meditating outdoors really does the trick for me. I feel on the right track to coming into my mommy role full time again…and exercised enough to enjoy some good Christmas food..LOL.

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I took a lot of photos, this was a little taste of Mojave’s beauty.

Have a Merry Merry Christmas!!

Love,

Ms Zen

Exploring Red Rock Canyon

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It is true that I live in a big city for the first time in my life, and I’m NOT a city girl. Luckily we’re only minutes from a really cool place, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

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It offers a fascinating desert landscape. It’s an amazing place to explore now, during fall/winter. I’m thrilled that I am able to do that. The desert offers both solitude, and an excitement that is hard to match.

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My daughter found an open, sandy spot that she declared was perfect for a dance party. So we danced. Without music. In the middle of the desert. By ourselves. Laughing our hearts out.

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To me, the fact that she initiated this, is a victory. I love how her brain works. I pray she’ll stay this free spirited.

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She is not my little girl anymore. She is her own person, and I am so proud of her.

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Red Rock Canyon is amazing, and I’ve only just scratch on the surface. I’m looking forward to do a lot more exploring.

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My dog thoroughly enjoyed some off leash time. When we got closer to the trail head I attached the leash again, and worked through some obedience sequences we do several times a day. To keep her tuned in.

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While I was doing that, my daughter borrowed my camera and took tons of pictures. I kind of liked this one, that she took of Gretchen and me.

We saw signs of horses and burros, lots of poop, and hoofprints, but no animals. Hopefully we’ll see some next time. I love watching wild horses play. It’s one of my favorite things. From a distance, of course.

I hope your new week is awesome.

Love,

Ms Zen