Dear Sunrise Walker Friends,
I will not be leading a Sunrise Walk this January 6 Epiphany due to shelter-in-place.
First, congratulations, you have made it through 2020. Not an easy year. We have all had to learn new ways of working, relating and being in the world. I am sure there are many times we all held deep pain and have been refreshed by moments of hope. It is a great accomplishment to arrive here in this new year. My hope is that some of the new ways of living will be useful for this new paradigm we have entered.
Many of us have spent more time out in nature in this past year. My daughter and I did spend a couple of days between Christmas and New Year in Tahoe. We passed a beautiful full grown fox walking in the snow. It was a beautiful moment. Later that day, we climbed Eagle Mountain. There were deep drifts but the sun was out and we had an enjoyable climb. There is something about getting to the top of a mountain, where you can scan the vast horizon. When you can stand there and see the mountains in the distance, there’s a sacred space between you and the mountains. Similarly when we met the fox, we felt a deep connection and there was a sacred space between us. These kinds of meetings in nature help to open our minds to dreams and visions. It was so restoring to feel this relationship with nature.
There’s often a pause and a moment of refinding ourselves when we meet the natural world or the animal kingdom. In the ancient indigenous traditions, nature and animal sightings often carry messages. In a way, space between us and nature is experienced as sacred.
As we experience these meetings with nature, we can also hold this sacred space with each other during these times. And as Martin Buber quotes above, there is a sacred space between us.
As we continue social distancing, let’s feel the sacred space between us that keeps us together. For this Epiphany, I hold each of you in our sacred circle – a place where we are all connected.
Wishing you the best in 2021. May you continue to have great dreams and visions.
Blessings to you and many more sunrise walks,