Carpe Noctem Seize the night

The British invasion week one, was full of adventure. Our friends from the UK come every Sept. to use up 4 of their 6 week holiday. This year I told them I would take them on a tour of the trees. Im not so sure that they get as excited as I do, but I knew they would sense the sheer grandness and be struck with wanderlust!  It just so happened that our first night in Humboldt, would also be during the fall equinox, and full moon. My excitement could not be contained when I saw this full moon rising behind the redwood canopy.  After years of full moon photographs, this one is my favorite so far.

 Carpe Noctem, seize the night. 

The trees are always stretching and reaching for the sun. The towering heights are dizzying. I am addicted to this. This natural high that nature provides. Time stands still as I step off the grid. There is a crackling and haunting silence, that I crave. The breeze blows all concerns away, and I can see. I wonder if our drug addicted culture, could replace the chemical high with the natural high. How can we unplug from our technology driven life, and plug into the ancient ways of peace? How can we share this high?  When I take my children into nature, they forget about phones and tablets, zombie games and avatars. They instead explore, and connect with the old way of play. They climb and shimmy, and share discoveries with excitement. This feeling is the same as prayer. I offer deepest gratitude and have profound insight when Im in this space. I crave this nature prayer....

"Experience life in all possible ways'
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more mature you become."

 So much so that I had to answer the desire to climb a giant. The forestry service has made available a small spot in the forest for climbing.  It was a scary thought.  My own hands and feet would rely on these staples to get me up 75 vertical feet to a platform where a zip line waited. Before I could begin, I had to learn the 101's of climbing. How to hook in and out, transfer from wire to wire, and keep myself safe. This was my idea, my own calling that left 5 of us standing on the forest floor looking up. The 3 men I was with were not happy, but refused to let me do it alone. (they couldn't let a girl take on this challenge, and be to afraid to try.) I was the first one to conquer this challenge and fear. My arms were weak half way up. I had to chase every fearful thought out of my mind, and replace it with sheer will. Each step brought me closer to my goal. Once on top of that platform, I looked down. The view took my breath away.  I still had 3 zip-lines to conquer, all of this a "First" for me. Unlike sky diving, there isn't a man strapped to my back throwing me off of the platform, insuring my safety. Im on my own. My 20 min. training, and courage will be my tools. 

We all made it back to the ground safely. I went around the zip-lines twice. Even these strapping men will admit they are glad that they participated despite their sheer terror. Once they were safe on the ground, they thanked me for the thrill. I used to allow fears to hold me back. I would have never tried this years ago. There are things I would still not ever do. But when this kind of urge strikes, Im all in!! 

"Life begins where fear ends."
"Take hold of your own life.
See that the whole existence is celebrating.
These trees are not serious, these birds are not serious. 
The rivers and oceans are wild,
and everywhere there is joy and delight. 
Watch existence,
Listen to the existence and become part of it."

 Carpe Diem Seize the day!!

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