Photo: Lots of open space in Arches National Park, Moab, UT.
There are times when I simply ache inside for open spaces. The quiet, peaceful, desolate, expansive, breathtaking places void of human inhabitants. No cars, no smog, no noise pollution. Just the earth, the sky, the sun, the stars and of course my thoughts. Not empty…not lonely…A place where the healing warmth of a sun exposed boulder works its way deep inside your tired bones as you stretch across it to watch the sky. Where that same sky appears endless and as blue as the deepest ocean could ever be. Where the only sounds are those of wild bird songs and your rhythmic breathing as it begins to move you into a mild, meditative state. Arches National Park just outside of Moab, Utah is one of those places. Filled with amazing sandstone formations spread out over 119 miles of open space, I felt as if I had stepped onto another planet. Pure raw beauty that appealed to the deepest part of my soul. As I stood silently below these massive rocks, I could make out the faint whispers of the ancients as the wind blew across the sandstone. It is a place that reminded me of the beauty that exists on our planet. It is a place that brought me back home to what matters most about life.
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