When Stephen and I first planned this trip – we really just wanted to check off items from our bucket list, but by the time the trip arrived we found that we were physically and emotionally exhausted in so many areas of our life.
The election had taken a hard toll on our body. For months we heard platforms demonize the bodies of human beings and we started feeling it in our very own pigment.
A few weeks after the elections my younger brother tried to commit suicide and it really just felt like the final blow to me. I was exhausted. Every fiber in my body felt annihilated. In my work, I educate and help sexual assault survivors heal. In my home life I often find myself doing the same. I take care of everyone but no one takes care of me. There was nothing but trauma in my life before this trip.
As a giver, I find that there are more takers in the world. I felt like quitting my job, quitting the fight for women’s rights, quitting the advocating of children, quitting all my side studies, everything. I wanted to stop giving the most vulnerable part of myself to people who often do not appreciate my tenacity to fight for justice.
The first part of this trip felt like the tip toe around breathing sanity and consciousness back into me. It was Horse Shoe bend that relaxed me and helped me remember that God’s greatest gifts is nature itself. Nature is part of God’s medicine to us as human beings. Clean air, breath-taking sights, negative ions that neutralize our body’s stressed state. How did I move so far from my indigenous roots and healing practices of the Hmong people? While technology has been a blessing in many areas – I have also found it to be the source of many of my own stress and pain.
Will post more soon on Zion.
Big Sur, CA
Carmel Beach, CA Joshua Tree, CA Horse Shoe Bend, AZ
- The Great Salt Lake, UT
- Zion National Park, UT
- Seven Magin Mountains, NV
- Goblin Valley, UT
- Crater Lake, OR
- The Wave, AZ
- Valley of Fire State Park, NV
- Yellowstone, WY
- Honolulu, HI
- The Northern Lights
“Eating a vegetarian diet, walking (exercising) everyday, and meditating is considered radical. Allowing someone to slice your chest open and graft your leg veins in your heart is considered normal and conservative.” – Dean Ornish, author of Extreme Health: The Nutrition Connection
Miles of Trails Hiked at Horse Shoe Bend: 2 miles
Reminder: always respect natural habitats. Minimize water usage and do not leave harmful trash behind.
Waterproof sweaters: Columbia
Beanies: Columbia and Forever XXI
Socks: Nike Elites
Felt Sweaters: Columbia
Waterproof Hiking Boots: Columbia
Buffs and Hats: Saltycrew
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