I shared this post back in 2017 on my former blog (CWYW) that is no longer available so I thought I would share it here:
“My family and I planned a camping trip like we do each year. This year was a bit different. I have always wanted to go to Tennessee ever since I was a young girl for whatever reason and so we planned this trip many months back not even knowing there was a solar eclipse taking place the same date we booked our trip (in TN). I am in awe from the experience and my mind is still trying to grasp what my eyes witnessed, it was so magical and amazing although those words do not even begin to describe it. I am so happy that my camera is so bad-ass that it caught such clear photos from start to finish…. I hope you all enjoy browsing over them!!!”
Two years later, I still think back on this experience and see how being in person and witnessing the total solar eclipse with my very own eyes was extremely enlightening and one of the most awe-inspiring moments in my life. I remember feeling the warm heat of the hot sun glistening on my skin and the intense brightness that glared upon my eyes. I remember patiently waiting and watching the moon slowly altering across the light blue sky until it reached the sun which made the sun leisurely disappear… The sunny, hot early afternoon gradually turned dusk and darkened the day and the temperature dropped to a cooler sense of breeze on my body as chirping birds flew over me. While seeing the sun being cover by the moon and blackened out, I felt something shift within me as I laid there in the chill grass having my breathe taken away from what I was seeing with my bare eyes (and special protective glasses on). It was as if something so powerful awoken in me. I felt in that moment -confirmed- how we are ALL ONE and are in this thing we call life together and that all living things on this planet earth are all interconnected and here for a very special reason… to find and live out our purpose (of LOVE).
In this moment, I also felt so small compared to this massive shift that was taking place. Yet I *felt* BIG things were coming and all goodness was to take place on our Mother Earth and in my future …And two years later, life really IS shining ever-so-brightly for me and life is truly unfolding for me in such an abundant of astounding ways that I have always dreamed and imagined. I believe when we make internal changes for the better, external changes also take place for the better (like a ripple effect throughout the world). I am so super duper grateful to have been able to see something so extraordinary happening right in front of me… I also remember the overwhelming sensation of gratitude that took over my feelings and emotions which gave me no choice but to ball my eyes out and cry so hard… I took this as a form of cleanse, renewal and releasing the old and bringing on the new ~ of the greater possibilities that I am capable of…. that we are ALL capable of (Creating a world based on: LOVE, PEACE, UNITY, TOGETHERNESS & COMPASSION).
Solar Eclipse (in totality) August 21, 2017 – Portland, TN