Burlington, VT is one of my favorite places in the world. It is full of inspiring people, beautiful nature, and is overall a blessed space. Some of my best friends in the world live there, and I visit every chance I get in order to hang out with lifelong brothers and sisters. This is the video I made of my most recent visit. It makes me miss the water! Definitely going to have to journey up into the mountains and hop into Gross Reservoir as soon as it’s a reasonable temperature! Big love.
Flow: to move along in a stream, to circulate; continuous progression.
There are many reasons hoopers are said to have “flow,” the above dictionary definitions included. However, one of the biggest parts of flow to us includes being one with the universe. Everything that exists was created from the same original piece of energy, and explosions and friction created matter. This means we were all born of the same substance, at the same time, in the same place; so were our hoops. Becoming one with the universe will allow for a more open mind that is able to accept the hoop as a part of the body. Once you reach this point, there are hardly limitations to what you and your hoop can create together.
So here’s the story behind this new toy I’ve recently discovered. One of my neighbors, Carlo, has one. So many people surrounding me have the gift of music to give and frequently do, and one night during an acoustic Phish solo session by Ryan, Carlo brought out his orbit. (That’s the website he bought his from). They’re an inexpensive, endlessly beautiful, easy to use, personal light show. It’s so much fun! Alli loved it so much, she ordered one right away. Obviously, I had to get some pictures…
Do things you love to enrich your life. Create beauty, and be beautiful.
So I didn’t end up going back to Burlington last weekend, but with the spirit of adventure still kicking inside of me, I left on Wednesday to visit Alli in NH and head up north for a hike. Originally, we planned a 4 hour hike, but due to our lack of a sense of direction, inability to believe the GPS, and the need to make it to New London for a delicious, nutritious dinner cooked by Alli’s beautiful friend Gretchen, we ended up hiking for about a total of an hour and a half. It was a perfect hike, nonetheless. We did a loop that ended up being a little under 4 miles, but at the halfway, we discovered an oasis. Rounding a corner, we came upon this beautiful pond:
…and made friends with Keith and Rob! We stayed here for hours, it was so difficult to turn our backs on our sanctuary. However, we had to move on as we had a lot of driving and more adventures ahead!
Hope you think it’s as beautiful as I do!
P.S. Alli and I didn’t mean to match our clothes!
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
– Thich Naht Hanh
Work on remembering this every day, and the world will once again gain a novelty that most often is experienced by only a newborn.
A bunch of my closest friends from school, surprisingly, live around home. One of my friends, Alli, lives in Manchester, New Hampshire but she just got back on Wednesday from a six week treck through New Zealand. SO jealous! I wish I was the one just returning home from NZ! Anyway, since she just got home, we decided to get together with our friends from Boulder around here for a little reunion. Lucky for us, Nancy was going to her condo at Loon Mountain for the weekend with her boyfriend and invited us to all come join! It was absolutely beautiful up there, a little oasis. Right behind her house was a large river running down from the mountains and in that particular spot, it was a huge, calm pool. The water was so refreshing and the area was stunning. We were so lucky to be able to spend time with our friends up there, relaxing on the water, and listening to oldies. What did you do this weekend?
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharial Nehru