When I was 17 years old I spent a year in LA as a foreign exchange student with a family who hosted me like the son they never had. One of the great gifts they shared with me was their love for nature, exploring the wild beauty of the Western United States. We always kept it simple, avoiding crowded campgrounds, pulling off on dirt roads, making a fire at night, sleeping on the earth and waking up to a cup of ‘Folgers’ with scrambled eggs and bacon in the morning.
One of Dad’s advices upon waking up in the morning was to turn over slowly as a desert snake might have found its way into the warm crevices of my sleeping bag. Hmmm, not very comforting but equally exciting for my German spirit who had not been exposed to such adventures.
And then the desert, my favorite place!! One morning I woke up early before sunrise and decided to climb a nearby mountain while my family was still sound asleep. The moment I reached the summit, the sun rays came over the mountain ridge that borders Death Valley. Magic was in the air and all I could see turning 360 degrees was mother earth in her rawest form, without any sign of human presence (except the tiny pickup truck at the base of the mountain). My mind, never exposed to such a bold punch of raw power, fell blank into a state of bliss. I dropped into a state of union with my surroundings, felt that the cacti and rocks were like relatives to me, strangely and yet naturally connected through this web of life. At that moment I knew that I got a glimpse of awakening by the awe-inspiring presence of nature. A memory I will never forget and will always be grateful for.
Last weekend on my way back from a conference in Las Vegas with Dr Joe Dispenza @officialdrjoedispenza
, a leading expert in accessing the Quantum Field through meditation, I revisited this very place in Panamit Valley and climbed the same spot. The following night under the stars by the fire was full of memories and gratitude for where life has taken me since then. #naturebliss #dharmadrops #peteroppermann