Iccha Will Jnana Understanding Kriya Action
or a few minutes I was the tallest thing in the continental USA as I stood at the summit of Mount Whitney. I made it to the 12,268 feet level back on June 11 but was prevented from going to the top by a dangerous and vast field of snow and ice. Since then I trained diligently and hiked and summited a series of local mountains in preparation: Mount Islip 8250 feet, Mount Baldy 10,064 feet, San Jacinto Mountain 10,834 feet, San Gorgonio 11,500 feet. Finally on Sunday I saw the spectacular views from the top of Whitney at 14,500 feet, summiting strong and with Shakti flowing.
Across time and cultures, spiritual practitioners have withdrawn for periods of time into the Wilderness to deepen their connection with the Divine. This weekend I spent three full days in the depth of the San Gorgonio Wilderness during which time I briefly encountered only 3 other hikers and 1 park ranger. There was a total absence of human generated light and sounds. Pure silence and only the music of the forest, pure sunlight and moonlight and starlight. It was a perfect opportunity to deepen my Hiking Yoga practice and my connection with Divine Source.
The primary aim and effect of true Asana practice is an energetic condition of easeful constancy conducive to the rising and cultivation of Enlightenment or Awakening.