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Mesa is 3! Photos & Praise for…

I am feelin’ the love this morning. Feeling praise!!!

May I share?

We had such a fantastic week celebrating Mesa’s 3rd birthday. (We’re always up for stretching out the occasion to celebrate, and we’ve been doin’ it up for this birthday for a straight week!)

We went to one of our favorite places on earth – Boulder, Utah and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument – to camp, hike, and visit friends.

Mesa was absolutely blissed out, playing in the sand, roaming free, splashing in the Escalante River, tracking jackrabbits and lizards, hanging out by the campfire under a stunningly starry sky. Every day since we’ve come home he’s been crying, “I wanna go back to Boulder!! I want to go back to the desert!! Can we go now?!”

 

 

As I watch this bright little being growing,  I so want to support his blossoming with a vast sense of freedom and encouragement to become his unique self. (And truth be told, I want this for myself too, and for all my loved ones.)

On our drive down south, Carl and I listened to an interview with Marianne Williamson which we really enjoyed – and she, like many of my own teachers of late – speaks to the importance of giving our unique gifts to the world.

That which only we can give.

And she uses the oft-used analogy of the oak tree being inherent in the acorn – just as our unique brilliance is inherent in us.

How can I best support Mesa’s acorn becoming its fullest oak tree?

How can we support that unfolding in each other and in the world?

Can you imagine a world where this is a priority?

If you’ve been reading our newsletter for awhile, you know that Carl and I often think in poetry. And great quotes. And on this topic, several poems and quotes come floating into my mind. Here’s one…

How

did the rose

ever open its heart

and give to this world all of its beauty?

It felt the encouragement of light against its being.

Otherwise we all remain too

frightened.

– Hafiz

So the question comes – how can we be like the light?

For ourselves and for each other?

So that for each of us – our unique life force can be born and bless the world?

We’re fortunate to count among our dear friends the lovely Blake Spalding, who along with Jen Castle, co-owns and runs the amazing Hell’s Backbone Grill in Boulder.

Here’s me and Blake.

We LOVE this place. Love Love Love!

Not only the amazing food, the sweet ambience, the charm and beauty of this jewel in the midst of some of the most gorgeous landscape you can imagine – but to see how Blake and Jen are following their callings, wholeheartedly, and working so hard to create their amazing vision…

It’s far more than just “a restaurant.”

It’s a movement. A community. A blessing.

We visited their organic farm where we watched them picking spinach that ended up in our salad an hour later. Mesa threw corn-scratch to the hens who laid the eggs which ended up in our Chile Migas and Backbone Breakfast.

Prayer flags flutter in the breeze, fluffy little goslings follow their parents around on the pond, and music just like we’d have on the stereo at home sets the perfect mood. And it’s all done with so much love.

 

Besides visiting as often as we can (the combo of camping + eating at Hell’s Backbone is the best!!!) I found myself thinking, how can we support this place? How can we be like the light to Hafiz’s rose?

First, I want to sing it’s praises.

At the top of my lungs.

And invite you to visit.

I have to say it’s worth planning a trip around a visit to this restaurant. You can drive one of the most scenic roads in the country – and camp, as we always do, or stay in one of the local lodging options. And you can drop in for an extraordinary breakfast, lunch or dinner.

That they pull this off – gorgeous farm-to-table food, with a smile and grace in the middle of high-desert-nowhere – truly, it is extraordinary.

Their commitment to a sane and beautiful (and sadly, endangered) food culture is so inspiring.

Have you read their cookbook? I love it as much for the photos and stories as for the recipes. In fact, I keep giving away my copies. And exciting news – they’re in the works with writing a new cookbook that looks to be as unique and gorgeous as the first. Preorder their new cookbook here to offer your support and to get first dibs on this beauty.

You can visit their site here and read all about their vision, their story, and their offerings – and you’ll see praise from Sunset Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and more.  And if you drop in, tell them Erin, Carl & Mesa send our love. :)

There are many ways we can be the light to others.

And how fun that supporting this business and these visionaries involves eating beautiful food, visiting a stunning landscape, or owning a pair of gorgeous books?

I hear we’ll be lucky enough to have them visiting the downtown farmer’s market to sell some of their bounty this season. Wahoo!

Opening date is just about a month away.

I bet you’d delight in visiting this magical place as much as we do.

And now I’m wondering what, dear reader, wants to come through you?

What is percolating inside, quickening, looking for expression through your life?

And how can we be of support so you can let it come through to bless us all?

Here are some inspiring words which I’m hoping feel like light to you…

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

– Martha Graham

This is your time.

Your time to say what you have kept silent.

Your time to ask your big questions without apology.

Your time to shine like a blazing comet, whether they like it or not.

Your time to believe what your heart tells you: that this world could be very different.

Your time to live by your rhythms, and teach them to the world.

Your time to nurture your

village back to health.

Your time to show the world what it has been missing. Your time to show the world the other side of itself.

– Tara Mohr

May we be encouraged by light, and may we be the encouragement of light for each other.

The world needs our gifts!

With warmest wishes,

Erin

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