I’ve always been drawn to the mountains. Along the way I’ve been active in Scouting and the Sierra Club, worked at camps and a ski touring center, and earned my Master’s in geology.
I’ve been blessed to spend countless days backpacking, climbing, camping and day hiking in the Sierra. The things I’ve seen, the experiences I’ve had and the feelings I’ve known there have shaped my spirituality and my life.
One day on the shoulder of 13,000 foot Cardinal Mountain I was overwhelmed by the beauty, wonder and immensity of all that I saw and beyond–then even more overwhelmed by the realization that I, with all my shortcomings, have been made part of all this at the deepest possible level. Later, sitting on the summit with a celebratory can of V-8, I considered that if it was true for me, it’s true for everyone.
I want to share with you some of these feelings I’ve had and perspectives I’ve gained in the mountains and nature—their wonder and spiritual power, and the meanings these have had for me and for my life with others.
In “Mountain Experiences” I share experiences I’ve had and observations I’ve made in the mountains and elsewhere in our natural world, and what they mean to me.
In “Places” I describe places you can go to “climb the mountains and get their good tidings” (John Muir).
“Applications” points out how the insights and viewpoints I’ve gained apply to our lives in society. I highlight ways in which we can live out these insights. I identify issues, and provide links to further information and to organizations working on them.
In “Resources” you’ll find useful websites and other information to help you get into the mountains yourself: campgrounds and reservations, weather and snow conditions and more. if your spiritual values prompt you to get involved in societal issues, you’ll find links to information and organizations.
Let’s have a conversation! What experiences in nature have helped to shape your spiritual life? What insights have you gained? What do you believe because of them? How does this help to shape how you live? What are your thoughts on applying these things to your life in society?
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