This past Saturday through Monday, I went on retreat in The Great Sand Dunes of southern Colorado. While in solitude, wave upon wave of afflictive thoughts arose as I wrestled with the theological conundrum I am facing right now in my teaching career. However, although these same thoughts generally would make me feel like I'm in a pressure cooker when they occur while I'm at home in town, out in the vastness of the landscape they didn't seem so tight, claustrophobic and constricting. Identifying myself with the spaciousness and sunlight made my concerns seem more dreamlike, while the movement of hiking steeply and arduously uphill to the top dune enabled potential solutions to dislodge from my subconscious mind and more readily bubble up into awareness. I still don't have final answers, but it seems I am one step further toward coming to a resolution . . .
Photos: Great Sand Dunes National Park, CO, April 2, 2016
Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.