Heavy, clumsy bodies straining to keep up
souls racing up the mountains
not looking back.
There is something ancient, sacred about these mountains. It’s almost palpable. You can feel it
in the water, in the earth, in the wind. It’s visible in the sky and in the eyes of the people that call
these mountains home. It’s intoxicating and as we stand paralyzed by wonder, the wind rolling
down from the mountains, washing over us, we feel the slow shift. This is why we came. We
were looking for a way to decipher the heavy emotions we were carrying. We wanted a way to
understand why the world functions the way it does. We wanted to understand why we love the
way we do, fear the way we do, and even hate the way we do, but that was all too complicated,
too rigid, too analytical for the mountains. So what we found instead of complex, logical answers
was simplicity. We found a shift in perspective so small, so simple that even now we can feel it
seeping into and altering the deepest crevices of our being. And while we recognize that all of
this might sound a bit esoteric, a bit too abstract for the very real problems we face on a daily
basis, it’s true, every bit of it. In the mountains of New Mexico we found an answer to a question
we didn’t even know we were posing. We found simplicity. We found joy, the kind of joy that
comes with being alive, with loving and being loved, with feeling wonder in the face of
indescribable beauty. In New Mexico, we found ourselves.
And because it’s difficult to fully capture in words what this trip has meant to us, here instead
some thanks to all of those people we encountered during this beautiful journey.
To the Hummingbird community, thank you for receiving us, literally and figuratively, with
open arms. Thank you for your honesty and generosity. Your way of walking in this world
is truly inspirational and we take from you the reminder to always be fully present.
To the many people of Taos, Mora, and Las Vegas that we met along the way, thank you
for sharing your stories, your eccentricities, for your kindness. We take from you the
reminder that when we embrace ourselves in all of our eccentric beauty, we can walk
this world authentically.
To Taos, thank you for the art, the creativity, the poetry. You’re an amazing example of
what a city with a true beating heart looks and feels like. We take from you the creative
inspiration, the reminder that we are all here to create, not destroy.
To the Taos Pueblo, thank you for sharing with us the sacred energy of Blue Lake. Thank
you for your stories. Thank you for your existence and continued resistance. We take
from you the certainty that we are all connected, the certainty that running through all life
is a cosmic energy that is unbreakable, that binds us, that must be protected and
To the mountains, thank you for your embrace, your protection, your energy, your
healing power. Your majestic beauty is indescribable. We take with us the certainty that
you will always be there, waiting to embrace us again.
To Jess, thank you for accompanying me on this beautiful journey. It couldn’t have been
more perfect. Thank you for the laughter, the warmth, the passionate way in which you
walk this world. I take from you the reminder that beautiful things always happen when
we let the universe do its work.
Finally, to this magnificent universe we inhabit, we will honor your many gifts by holding
all of these lessons in our hearts, by living every day conscious of our connection to all
that you are, by always walking with gratitude, with love, with humility.
So that at the end of this journey, only three questions remain:
1. What are you connected to?
2. What does it do for you?
3. What does it do for others?
Here today’s answers: We are connected to you. It fills our hearts knowing that you exist. It
humbles us. And as we engage with the world, we attempt to do so with love and humility. Our
hope is that it allows us to listen and to truly hear what your needs are so that we may recognize
them and try to address them. We are at your service.
We invite you to consider these questions, not just as you are surrounded by the breathtaking
beauty of New Mexico, but in your daily lives. Join us as we try to incorporate this introspection
into our daily practice.
With a tremendous amount of gratitude and love,
aprendices de la transición cosmica