Last February, I wrote a blog declaring that Mount Shasta was the great love of my life.
In the past year, my love for this amazing mountain has grown even deeper. Right now, I see her from my window wearing a beautiful white coat. Even though I’ve already spent a good bit of time with her this morning, my heart still quickens when I turn my gaze her way.
No matter how many times I go up on Mount Shasta, each visit is a wonderful adventure. Yesterday, I went up for the first time in a while after a stretch of rainy days spent working in my home office. I snow-shoed into Ascension Rock. Almost as soon as I closed my eyes, my mind got still and I felt the Presence more strongly than I had in quite a while.
I’ve been blessed to have spent quite a bit of time on her slopes over this past year. 2015 was my busiest year yet, guiding retreats and sacred site journeys on Mount Shasta. Sometimes, I was on the mountain with clients 15 days in a row. Then, when I had a day off from guiding, I would go up on my own, relishing the chance to commune with my beloved in silence.
So Mount Shasta is certainly is again my Valentine. But this year, she shares that special place in my heart with another.
On Valentine’s Day 1991, I had my first date with Frances. That summer, I took her to Mount Shasta. The mountain touched her heart and we came back to visit almost annually during our 15-year marriage.
Ten years ago, Frances and I heeded a soul call to live separate lives. I moved to Mount Shasta and Frances to Ashland, Oregon. She often came to visit me and the mountain. In 2008, after getting guidance to do so during a meditation in sacred Panther Meadow, Frances moved to Mount Shasta. She and I remained close friends, still hiking together to our favorite spots on the mountain.
Last month, Frances and I were reunited as sweethearts. We are calling this year “Sweet 16.”
So, now I have two Valentines . Fortunately they love each other and are happy to share me.
Andrew Oser has been offering spiritual life coaching, along with guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982. Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives. www.mountshastaretreat.net