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Road Trip & Hiking Tips - Sedona, Arizona

Road Trip & Hiking Tips - Sedona, Arizona

If you have heard anything about Sedona, people will tell you all about the gorgeous scenery and rock formations. They will also tell you how magical the energy is. Sedona is known to be a place filled with “Energy Vortexes”, essentially centers of energy beneficial for healing, meditation and self-exploration. You don’t have to be particularly spiritual to check this out for yourself, but many people feel energized and lighter. This may feel ‘woo woo’ to some, but what a special place activating all 5 senses. To learn more about energy vortexes, visit All Trails App: *Highly suggest downloading the app ALL Trails prior to the trip and downloading the trails, reviewing each hike beforehand to get a feel of where you are going. There will be signs and trails marked when you get to the trailheads, but it’s easy to go off the beaten track since there are multiple ways to get to each hike’s final destination. Car Pro Tips: Snack bag with cooler inside and of course lots of snacks (bring some healthy choices for sustaining energy so you don’t get a sugar crash while hiking). Post to come soon on favorite snacks/product Mini Foam Roller: amazing for the long drive, can position in targeted places on your body and back against the back of your seat (drive safely or reserve for passenger!). Great for rolling on arms, calves and feet in between hikes as well. This is sold out on Gaiaim.com but similar version here, not as mini but still great for travel Resistance Bands: Great for tight hips, position them just above your knees and push legs outwards for hip mobility while sitting passenger. My favorite are made by Bala as they come in 5 varying strengths so you can use what feels best for your body at the time needed. Food/Snacks: Due to Covid, we ate picked up local food at Whole Foods Market which was convenient and cooked mainly in our air b n b. There are a few restaurants with some nice views of the Sedona rocks as well so depending what time of year you travel, dining out options are great too. Bring lots of snacks and easy to make at home options /on the go options before heading out on the trails (oatmeal, power bars, nut mix, dark chocolate) Town/Explore Spirituality: There are some quirky stores in town and some spiritual ones that are special if you are looking to bring back any crystals or energy healing stones. There are also places to take aura photos, places to dine, bars and stores. Shoes: Most trails start out relatively flat but quickly turns into a steep climb on red Sedona sandstone. Make sure to wear sturdy shoes and ones that are easy to throw in the wash – we saw a lot of hikers struggling to climb in flip flops and flimsy shoes! Hiking Guide [Insert pic] You will arrive excited and ready to explore the gorgeous red rocks, but where to start? Below is a recap of the best hikes, scenic views and must-see locations while in Sedona, Arizona. Day 1: Our first hike was Soliders Pass, a perfect moderate/easy hike to begin the trip with. This trail is one of the more popular ones, as it offers scenic views the entire time. There is also a unique trail that takes you to a secret cave that is a deep crack in the cliff. Fun to explore, climb the various levels and of course take gorgeous photos. Hike Parking Tips: I recommend doing all hikes early to beat the crowds and heat. There are only 14 parking spots in the lot, so when you drive in look carefully or you can continue ½ mile down from the trailhead (as parking is not allowed in the neighborhood trailhead). This trail also includes other trails such as the 7 ponds and Devils Kitchen Sink hole. Devils Kitchen Sink Hole: Sinkholes created by water eroding the rocks over time eventually creating a sinkhole. Awesome view! 7 Sacred pools: Natural water in 7 various craters. Known to be a gathering place for the indigenous people. Water may or may not be present when visiting, again depending seasonality and weather. [Insert pics of hike photos] The Cave: Shortly after passing the Seven Sacred Pools be on the lookout for the turnoff for “the cave”. This is an awesome cave and adventure to get to. If you plug in these coordinates, you will be led to the exact spot you need to turn off the trail (follow the foot traffic in the dirt path and soon you will see the arches of the cave) source: ps://tworoamingsouls.com/ Day 2: Devils Bridge: Incredible views and photo-opp at the end! Conquer your fear of heights and walk across the bridge! [Insert pic] Day 3: Birthing Cave: Beautiful hike to a cave indented within the rock. Beautiful view of the scenic views in front of you. Recommend going early to beat the crowds as space is limited. There are unique holes/rails in the cave you can sit on to enjoy the view. Cathedral Rock for sunset: To wind down the evening, we concluded with hike up to a beautiful sunset at Cathedral Rock. Don’t be afraid of the incline at the end, its short and quick. But will require using all fours, hands and feet to help get yourself up and down. Don’t let this discourage you, everyone can do it and there are natural foot holes to help you get up! The view at the top is so worth it. You overlook endless rock formations and ones that historically used to be Volcanic. [Insert pics of hike photos] Relaxation Spot Found an amazing meditation and waterfall spot. So serene, the world was quiet for just a little! Soaking in all the nature sounds we took a rest, mediated, and enjoyed the sacred feeling of being in the fresh air.

Ways to detox your mind during a Pandemic

Ways to detox your mind during a Pandemic

Journaling: Writing out your thoughts is like venting to a friend with amazing listening skills. No interruptions, no judgements. Just an opportunity to dump out all your feelings and emotions onto the page and out of your head. Literally a brain detox. Other than brain-dumping, you can grab any notebook or journal to write in. Doesn’t matter what you use, just stay consistent and create a routine out of it. My favorite notebooks are definitely band.do, they come in various sizes with cute and inspiration covers. Major throwback to my high school days. Here is a look at my favorite journal set-up. I do this in the morning to set my day on the right note, and then journal dump in the evening to get anything from the day out of my head. These are tips gathered from experts in the space and compiled into this cute one sheeter, inspired by Lauryn Bosstick and the Ivy Lee Method (separate post on this method to come!). Basically, you list out your podcast, book, workout & music for the day. It’s a nice one sheeter to guide the day. ♡ Write the date at the top ♡ List out your podcast, book, workout & music for the day. For example, one day mine looked like this: PODCAST:
BOOK:
WORKOUT: Peloton
MUSIC: ♡ Then write down 3 things you’re grateful for, make them specific! ♡ Then there’s a ‘must get done’ list. These are non-negotiables that need to happen that day. ♡ Write down how you want to feel. Such as calm, motivated, inspired. ♡ Next, write down 3 people you’re sending thoughts & happiness to. ♡ Lastly, the Ivy Lee Method. This is your to-do list. Write down 6 things in order of importance. Whatever doesn’t get done is moved to my to-do list the following the day. I love this method because it’s like time blocking (my other new favorite productivity hack). It allows you to focus on one thing at a time in order of priority. It also takes the thinking out of starting, so you know exactly what to do and prioritize to begin the day. They recommend doing this method in the evening, so the thinking is done for you when you wake and are ready to begin the day. But some people like doing this routine when they wake, depends what you prefer! [Insert pic] Meditation: What a special practice that takes time and mental dedication but provides so many benefits (post on meditation benefits to come soon). Meditation allows for stillness, acceptance of yourself/being alone with yourself, self-love, true reflection, and the ability to control your thoughts and emotions more effectively and calmly. I recommend using meditation apps with guided meditations of all lengths and topics. Start with a 5-minute meditation and continue to work your way up to longer lengths once comfortable. It’s totally normal for your mind to wander, just come back to your breath and give yourself permission to relax. Top Apps I love: · Calm · Unplug · Headspace · Peloton Meditation Series · Chopra I also use and highly suggest buying this 365 daily mindfulness meditation book by Ben Decker to ease my way into Meditation, and I am addicted! It’s curated for each day of the year, something new and tailored to each new day. All it takes is 5 minutes and is filled with quotes, affirmations to transform perspective, calm the mind and embrace all possibilities of life. It’s also my favorite book to gift currently! Sound healing: This is a new and ancient healing modality that incorporates sound frequencies to create healing vibrations around the body to go into a deeper meditative state. Sound healing is known to heal the mind and activate cells on a cellular and emotional level. Additional benefits include promoting deep relaxation, releasing emotional trauma and relieve stress and anxiety. Time to heal and re-tune from within! And of course, they come in beautiful bowls (bowls made of pure crystal quarts or alchemy bowls which are mixed with various crystals, precious gemstones, minerals and precious metals. Not only beautiful to listen to but so beautiful.

Benefits to Meditation

Benefits to Meditation

The benefits of Meditation are endless, I could go on and on! I feel grateful for the space to explore such a practice and incorporate the routine daily. It takes dedication and of course my mind still wanders, there is no perfect practice. But giving your body and mind a chance to calm down and get back in touch with each other results in a lighter headspace. Resulting in clarity, better focus, reduced anger, improved memory. I told you I could go on and on…. But my top 5 favorite meditation benefits are below if you are looking for guidance into meditation and to understand the why behind the practice. Another post to come soon around tips for meditation beginners. In the meantime, check out my Tik Tok on how I set up my meditation space. It’s fun creating a sacred or personal space to recenter and get calm. My 5 favorite Meditation Benefits 1. Finding a daily practice or routine for yourself – As busy individuals or those with families, we wake up and have plenty of responsibilities that involve collaborating, working with or for other people. But what about time to unwind, re-center and get quiet with ourselves? Creating a consistent routine prioritizes our personal well-being so we can show up for others as our best self. Routines help you make room for what is important (you) and better stress levels that result in less anxiety and better mental health. 2. Mindfulness, stillness (time to slow down, reflect) Have you ever tried brushing your teeth with you non dominant hand? Or taking a walk and pointing out the various colors, shapes, or smells you identify? True mindfulness is hard to achieve in city life or today’s society where the norm is to “go go go”. Mindfulness is being present in the current experience. It is being aware of what you are feeling, sensing, seeing. Mindfulness requires you to slow down, take time to reflect and be present. Mindfulness uses breath-work as a practice to calm the mind and body, therefore meditation and mindfulness go hand-in-hand. 3. Self-love and acceptance Meditation forces you to reflect on various topics, and self-love and acceptance is at the core of a peaceful mind and therefore weaved into many meditation topics and mantras. Devoting time to calming the mind and body is an act of self-love in itself. Many meditations focus on self-acceptance, being aware and at peace with our strengths and weaknesses. Finding self-understanding by recognizing our own abilities and limitations, without judgement. Meditation is a wonderful way to explore self-love, acceptance and even acceptance for others. 4. Kick bad habits and pick up good habits Meditation allows you to reflect on your behaviors and habits, resulting in individuals feeling more in charge of their lives and more empowered to make behavioral changes (swapping bad habits for good habits). Small adjustments lead to big change over time. Calming the mind and connecting with your inner self will allow you to put in the work needed to live the life you desire. 5. Manifest manifest manifest Where you give attention, power follows. Be intentional and mindful of where you give your energy. What you focus on, you will create more of. This is power you can create yourself. So you may be asking yourself, how can I practice Meditation and make it meaningful? For those who may feel meditation can be daunting to those who don't have time to "sit still" or those who don't see immediate benefits, I like to remind others when meditating the goal is not to be completely void of thought (I mean...that's impossible right? Our brain is one of the strongest organs, therefore, it definitely won't just be quiet). But with practice, you will learn to allow those thoughts to pass by/float by without giving them attention that may bring distress. Start with some guided meditations, my favorite 3 apps are below: Unplug Meditation Headspace