Posted by: Stephen Paul | January 26, 2008

Ah, those places where you remember

“Go often to those places where you remember.”

That’s a quote from my book “Illuminations” that I published back in 1991. I think of this quote often, because it’s still so true and so very important to me in my own life. For me, those places tend to be in nature. I have several favorites that I visit time and time again. I don’t know how many times I’ve been to Capitol Reef, Zion, Jackson, Kauii, and Cambria. Sometimes I go to other places, hoping to discover a new place of magic. I usually love visiting those new places…but I return to the old ones because they make me remember.

Jackie and I just got back from spending a few days in Zion. That’s right, January and February are actually a great time to be there. It’s usually sunny, clear, in the 50s and there are very few people there, so we usually have the trails to ourselves. If nothing else, it was a great break from the inversion and continual snow here in Salt Lake this winter.

But, why do I think it is so important to go there? What did I experience? Well, we were sitting on the top of a cliff, looking out over the redrock cliffs and the valley below discussing just these questions. Here’s what I think it is. The primative beauty is staggering…and humbling. The energy there is soothing and calming: It literally empties your mind. Instead of having to struggle with your surroundings to bring them in harmony with you, there you can harmonize with your surroundings–what a relief! Finally, it feels like there is nothing separating you from the earth, and from the Divine. It reconnects and restores you.

Yes, please do go often to those places where you remember. You’ll be so glad you did.

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