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Slept under the stars in Monument Valley
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Why were you inspired to do this?

Why not! :) ok, scorpions and other desert wildlife... but regardless... Monument Valley is part of the Native American Reservation and its rare to be able to have the opportunity we did. We even got to pick our camping spot and I chose to sleep under Big Hogan, which we described earlier in the day as womb-like. It was like sleeping in Mother Earth's belly. And i had the most delicious dream... a pack of wolves were coming to get us and then I realized they didn't mean to harm me, they were there to protect me. The next morning we went by the gift shop and there I found a greeting card with an young Indian female holding a dream catcher with a pack of wolves running through it... of course I had to buy it. And we later read that protection is indeed what the wolves symbolize. The other delicious occurance that happened was that our guide was related to Grandma Yazzi who lived in a real hogan on the reservation and he took us by to see her on our way out. She demonstrated to visitors (us) how they used to spin yarn and wrap hair, he asked her to demonstrate on me. Her hands were almost exactly like my grandmothers... and she brushed my hair and put it in a bun with one strand of yarn... and for the 5 minutes that she was playing with my hair, I was transported back in time to when i was 3 years old and MawMaw Babydoll would put my hair up. I felt so much love and gratitude in that moment... it was simply amazing. I couldn't thank her enough for allowing me to feel that again.

What were 3 things you did to make this happen?

Bravery - being willing to take a chance and sleep under the stars in the wilderness far away from civilization where anything could happen

Consciousness - being willing to bring consciousness to my dreams every morning to decipher what gifts my subconscious has to deliver.

Curiosity - It took curiosity to sign up for the trip in the first place. We were so lucky to have Caroline Reynolds of all to ourselves... she generally takes larger groups than just two people.

How did you feel once you had accomplished this?

Grateful... immense gratitude is all I felt and a distinct wish that I could savor the experience a little longer.

Additional notes and tips:

Next time... I chose the Big Hogan location not only because it reminded us of a womb and I was wanting to connect with and be supported by Mother Earth, but also because it had soft sand, which I thought would be more comfortable to sleep on.  Wrong... actually soft sand means 'sand that is easily picked up and carried by the wind" which is actually quite frustrating when trying to sleep.  I was tucked completely inside our shared sleeping bags and sand was still getting in.  Next time, I will pick a firm sand location. :)

1/9/2011 8:42:27 AM

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