A Home in the Sky

The Colorado Rocky Mountains.  A place of breath-taking beauty and rugged peaks of inspiration.  

Sometimes we just need a little inspiration to give us hope and new ideas, reduce stress, spark the imagination, and help us on our journey towards transformation.  We daily need a lift to help us rise above it all.

It’s a beautiful day here in the Rocky Mountain National Park and all is well.

Everyone needs to feel like they have a place they can call “home”.  It may not necessarily be your address, residence, or even where you spend most of your time.  Home is where you long to be – where you feel most secure and where your heart and spirit are both totally alive and awake, and at the same time – at peace.

It is a tried and true saying – “Home is where the heart is.”

In his immortal song “Rocky Mountain High”, John Denver sang of  “…coming home to a place he had never been before.”

The Rockies have an amazing way of doing that to you.  I remember after cresting the hill on Highway 36 heading into Estes Park and seeing the Rocky Mountains up close  and personal for the very first time with my family.  We couldn’t stop saying “Wow!”  Over and over again we kept saying “Wow!”  We even said it backwards.

I immediately felt a soul-connection with this gorgeous, amazingly grand place, and knew that I had come home.

Within its 415 square miles and and over 300 miles of hiking trails, RMNP is home to an abundant and vast array of diverse plants and wildlife.  Rocky is teeming with more than 280 species of birds – from hummingbirds to golden eagles, ptarmigan, magpies, woodpeckers, and brilliant mountain bluebirds.

It is also home to 60 species of mammals ~ herds of elk and mule deer, moose, beaver, badger, coyote, mountain lions, black bear, chipmunks, squirrels, marmots and bobcats.

There is something so sacred and unparalleled about the grandeur of the rugged mountains, pristine forests, lush meadows, tranquil lakes and streams here in Rocky.  A spirit in the wind that calls the heart home like no other place on Earth.  Maybe it’s because it’s a little closer to heaven than in the valley below.

If you get the chance, spend a week, a day, or even an hour restoring your soul in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  At it’s official birth as a national park in 1915, Enos Mills (and others), had the desire and vision for this wondrous land to be preserved and sustained as a haven of peace and repose ~ a place where all could come and feel at home.

He said  ~ “Go into the Parks and get their encouragement. Among the serene and steadfast scenes you will find the paths of peace and a repose that is sweeter than sleep. If you are dulled and dazed with the fever and the fret, or weary and worn,–tottering under burdens too heavy to bear,–go back to the old outdoor home. Here Nature will care for you as a mother for a child. In the mellow-lighted forest aisles, beneath the beautiful airy arches of limbs and leaves, with the lichen-tinted columns of gray and brown, with the tongueless eloquence of the bearded, veteran trees, amid the silence of centuries, you will come into your own.”

“Hear the winds calling you home to the Rockies so high

Follow your heart and you will find a home in the sky

Whispering stars light up the night

See them glow way up high

Follow us here and you will find a home in the sky

Blankets on the fields of sage and moonglow

Remind you that now you’ve come home

Shimmering leaves, aspen and elk

Here at home you will be

A beautiful place to come home to

A wondrous place to be

Blankets on the fields of sage and moonglow

Remind you that now you’ve come home

Hear the winds calling you home to the Rockies so high

Follow your heart and you will find a home in the sky” ~

[“A Home in the Sky” by Etta & Rick Starr, © 2010 -Starry Knight Productions/SkyDance Mountain]

If you listen to the silent wisdom of the mountain it will tell you what you need to know and you WILL find what you are looking for.

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