As my mom and I stood separately on each side of the Airport Vortex in Sedona, Arizona, the view was powerful yet calming. A vortex is a site where spiritual energy is concentrated – a globally recognized power spot. It is usually on or near an interesting rock formation, where people have reported feeling inspired by a beneficial source of energy. There are only a few of these locations, including Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid, Machu Picchu and Sedona. There are multiple vortexes in Sedona and each one has a stunning view. We were surrounded with vibrant red rocks, love and fresh air. I could not have asked for more.
Although positive energy has been felt at the vortex spots in Sedona, energy is everywhere. Different experiences, people and places move each of us. I believe it comes down to perspective and what inspires us. I’ve come to realize that no matter how PKD may change our body or our life, it does not have to change us at our core.
For me, aging has come with clarity and an ever-growing perspective on life. Our recent family vacation was rejuvenating and full of memorable experiences – from simple moments hanging out at the pool to seeing the Grand Canyon. While at the pool, I enjoyed watching my mom and Noah swimming happily, and my dad relaxing in the hot tub. I soaked up the sight of the towering red rocks surrounding us and came to the realization that I was completely in the moment. I was not thinking about health issues; I had no worries or stress. I was just “Valen,” enjoying the day, my family and the beauty that graced our presence. That moment was a true gift.
Seeing the Grand Canyon was awe-inspiring and eye-opening. While witnessing one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the vastness was hard for my mind to process. It was a tremendous sight to see. As I peered down into the canyon – at some places more than one mile deep – it gave me a deep perspective on life and myself. I learned how my thought process changes when looking down versus upward. While visiting the Grand Canyon was amazing, I found greater inspiration from the soaring Sedona red rocks.
As mom and I stood on the Airport Vortex, looking at the top of the rich-colored red rocks, it evoked wonder in my heart and positivity in my soul. The perspective of looking toward the sky and outward gave me a sense of hope, something to look forward to and positive energy. This beautiful environment stripped away all of the “fluff” in life and allowed me to focus on the core of who I am and what is important to me.
We should strive to find our own vortex in life – something, someone, or some place in which we feel inspired by a positive source of energy. For it is rejuvenating and good for our health to have the everyday “stuff” temporarily disappear from our train of thought. To be in the moment and reconnect with ourselves and reflect on what motivates and inspires us.
What, where or who is your vortex and how has it helped you on your journey?