On listening to Gut Feelings:::
Onwards & upwards we walked through a stunning clear day, blue skies, smatterings of snow, over crunchy volcanic rock, past green lichen covered trees, excitedly spying trails of large paw prints in the snow...
We were off trail and happy to trust and follow our intuition to guide us where we needed to go, and the first hours proved absolutely gorgeous, full of awe, micro moments, gigantic views and delights of wilderness.
But then we suddenly reached a point where both our hackles went up, our instincts kicked in and we knew we had to turn back.
Whether or not we had happened upon a sacred site where we weren't welcome, whether it was inner guidance warning us that some kind of danger lay ahead, or whether the large creature who was the owner of the snow footprints was watching or awaiting us and something primal kicked in to let us know we weren't safe...
Whatever it was, against our desires to explore further, we listened to these intense feels and turned around, heading back down the mighty Mountain.
We never solved what was at the root of feeling that way but we've both learnt that anytime in life, *especially* when you are in a grounded state of mind yet an equally vulnerable state out in the true wild, it's been important to trust those gut feelings. And because they came on so strong for both of us it was hard to deny they were there.
So we shared, discussed & eventually just listened, making it safely off the mountain with our memories, lungs full of clean air, a couple of #35mm film rolls of stunning mountainside magic and a humble appreciation for how unwild/out of place we can sometimes be in such a phenomenally wild place.
[And so you know, other walks and wanders around the mountain later proved a lot more inviting, comforting & welcoming - further confirming our correct decision to listen to those feels on this day.]
May you trust your gut good folk.
I've learnt time & time again that it's not hocus pocus, but rather your highly-evolved internal GPS that will guide you where (and where not!!) you need to be. 💕