I've been avoiding the US since 2013, which was when I last attended a series of healing conferences and several Dharma talks by my mindfulness teacher's teacher, a monk in Thailand. (Curious? Visit: dhamma.com/en and don't be fooled by the simplicity of the teachings, this is the key to the end of personal suffering!). Since then I had no desire to visit. When the politics went from bad to worse to unbelievable, I decided I don't want to even support US tourism. Plus, I'm more likely than someone of European decent to get stabbed, shot or turned away at the border. Why go any place you don't feel welcomed with open arms?! There are plenty of gorgeous places where I'm not only welcome to visit, but where I've been treated with the utmost kindness and respect, even from people to whom *I* should be showing the utmost respect!
Enter Instagram. I only joined recently. Still not up to speed on all does, yet I appreciate it for giving me a lens into natural and beautiful parts of the country I've boycotted. I can discover the visual beauty of places I've never been (like Monument Valley National Park or Glacier National Park, for example) and to revisit some favourite places I've been. Zion National Park in Utah is one of those favourites and was worth the long drive from crazy Las Vegas. Being there really is otherworldly and even these photographs are enough to remind me how short and impermanent human life really is. I'm no yet enlightened, so in the meantime I settle for these fleeting and mundane types of sensory happinesses that us regular humans chase. Pretty gorgeous for mundane!
My thanks and due credit for the original post (original caption below) is here:
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Epic exploring in Zion. ••••••
Thanks to Russ @ for showing of the beauty. —— Throwback to a canyoneering day in Zion a couple of years ago with some great lighting.