published in Achieving Your Dreams, Creativity, Dreams/Goals, Gratitude, Inspiration, Travel, Writing by Maryanne | March 14, 2018

Sedona Unplugged

 

“The person who knows you the best is you. We have eyes that watch ourselves. We know what we want. You need courage not to turn away from that.”

– Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

Howdy! 

Oh my goodness…I am SO flippin’ grateful to be seeing such breathtaking beauty on this road trip. What a planet!

After leaving Yuma, my GPS took me a bit of an odd way to Sedona and I ended up in the Sonoran Desert. Check out the size of these cacti (when they are this big, they’re likely hundreds of years old):

Cacti in Sonoran Desert

Seeing the red rocks of Sedona for the first time really DID take my breath away. I had never been to Sedona before and wasn’t entirely convinced it could possibly be as beautiful as they say. It was. I think I left my heart there.

The gate at my sweet casita

Our casita rental was perfect…clean, cozy, extremely quiet and high up in the mountains so there wasn’t much in the way of cell phone service or wifi. HOORAY! I needed to unplug for a few days…no texts, no e-mails and very little social media. When I went into town (to get to the different trail heads), I would quickly post some photos on social media but other than that, the break away from the damn phone and e-mail was very much needed.

While in Sedona, I focused on some bigger writing projects and did plenty of hiking. WOW! Here are some photos from Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte:

 

 

 

I came home from a hike one day and got chatting with the woman, Sue, who lived in the home behind my casita. She invited me for a drink so I went over, hummus & crackers in hand. We talked like we’d known each other for years – and then went back to our respective routines. I suspect that is how it goes in Sedona.

Of course, Sedona is also believed to be a vortex meditation site…places of power in the red rocks that enhance prayer, contemplation and reflection for people of all faiths. A vortex, I learned, is an area of enhanced energy that is thought to provide inspiration and well-being.

There are several well-known vortexes in Sedona, such as Boynton Canyon (which I got to hike on a blue sky day!):

 

Whatever the heck is going on, energy-wise, in Sedona I tapped into it big-time.

From a writing perspective, I stopped being so adamant about finishing one project before working on another, which is really scary! But in Sedona, I felt the need to relax a little and allow myself to work on the project that was calling to me that day versus forcing myself to finish what needed finishing.

Sure enough, my creativity soared…and I had insights in one project that sparked insights on another. The combination of unplugging from technology for a few days and allowing myself to write for the sheer joy of writing, (instead of writing to get the damn thing done) seemed to unplug whatever it was that had got stuck…the old synapses were certainly firing in Sedona.

And then, on the day I went hiking at Boynton, the parking lot was full so I asked an old-timer where I could park. He suggested (a tad grumpily) that I park in “RV only” area. So I was just about to pull away when he reached into his pocket and pulled out a heart-shaped red rock and handed it to me.

“This is for you,” he said. “A gift from Mother Nature…unconditional love and magic.”

I smiled, thanked him and took the rock. Magic was just the word I needed to hear for the writing project I’d been working on that morning. I suspect that sort of thing also happens quite a bit in spiritual Sedona.

Because it was too hot most days to leave Sadie in the car, I left her at the casita when I went hiking. But don’t feel too badly for her, this was the scenery on our morning walks around the ‘hood:

On our last day, the weather shifted back to the more seasonal norm and it was cool enough to take her with me on a hike. This is a great shot of Sadie…she matches red earth!

Then we left Sedona and headed to Tusuyan to see the Grand Canyon…I shall save for those photos for next week.

Thanks for reading and have a fantastic week!

“Even when it comes to our own problems, there are many times when we say, “I don’t know,” and fool ourselves. Because when we acknowledge we know something, we have to act on it, so we tell ourselves we don’t.”

– Ilchi Lee, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart

If you are just joining us on our Bohemian Writing Road Trip Adventure & would like to do a little catch-up reading 🙂 here are my previous blogs:

She Packed Up Her Potential…

Write On – Writing What We Know May Help Teach Us What We Need to Learn

On the Road…But Nearly Not

Surprise! Greetings from Newport

Is That a Dipstick in Your Pocket – Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Dipstick Theme Continues – Don’t Get Excited

Hunkered Down in Hollywood

Celebrating 50 in Style

California Chillin’ (Sorta) in San Diego

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Kathleen on March 14th, 2018 at 8:35 pm:

    Pictures look spectacular! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to see The Grand Canyon pics! Safe travels!

  2. Maryanne on March 16th, 2018 at 11:45 am:

    Thanks, Kathleen!! Hope you are doing great…spring is on it’s way and you will be out in your garden in no time 🙂
    ma

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