Welcome to fistfuls of wind gusts, in-breath-frozen nostrils, and sadly closed campgrounds. Often colder than Alaska, it is winter here above 8000 ft. for almost half the year. Glorious crisp sunrises and kaleidoscopic sunsets… Sometimes at night, the playful clouds unwrap the majestic peaks. Bewildering wanderings over these ever-shifting sands…
Southern Colorado never fails to wow me:
I’ve written about this powerfully spiritually charged mysterious region before. I touched on it in the May 12, 2012 blogpost, “From ‘Human Planet’ Photos, to the Altai Mountains, to that 1927 Koko Nor’s UFO Sighting,…“; shared a picture of a bobcat I saw up-close here in 2005 in the (Feb 2012) blogpost, “Some Colorado Wildlife“. And last autumn, during my September-October 2013 visit prior to my wanderings in Japan, I described this part of my recurring habitat / roaming range: Northern San Luis Valley, Southern Colorado; and touched on the inspiring Tibetan Buddhist ‘Stupas in Crestone‘,… Been back for a week… It’s been good again… A bit chilly sleeping in my car when it was -10 F (-23 C), but my gear keeps me cozy warm. And it’s warmed up quite a bit since.
And a flashback to November 2013:
May all beings be filled with joy and peace. May all beings everywhere, The strong and the weak, The great and the small, The mean and the powerful, The short and the long, The subtle and the gross:
May all beings everywhere, Seen and unseen, Dwelling far off or nearby, Being or waiting to become: May all be filled with lasting joy.
Let no one deceive another, Let no one anywhere despise another, Let no one out of anger or resentment Wish suffering on anyone at all.
Just as a mother with her own life Protects her child, her only child, from harm, So within yourself let grow A boundless love for all creatures.
Let your love flow outward through the universe, To its height, its depth, its broad extent, A limitless love, without hatred or enmity.
Then, as you stand or walk, Sit or lie down, As long as you are awake, Strive for this with a one-pointed mind; Your life will bring heaven to earth.
– From the Metta Sutta, part of the Sutta Nipata, a collection of dialogues with the Buddha said to be among the oldest parts of the Pali Buddhist canon.