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Live From Woodstock

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One of my more recent travel adventures brought me to Woodstock, NY.  That’s right, I said Woodstock… you know I’m a hippie at heart.  Just a modern day iPhone-talking, MacBook Pro-walking hippie.

Hosts
The hosts for my adventures in Woodstock were author and international motivational speaker Victoria Moran, and her husband William.  Victoria has penned 10 books, including Creating a Charmed Life, has been on Oprah, and loves raw food!  Sounds like the perfect combination to me (now if I could just get on Oprah).

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The Past
Woodstock is what you might have imagined it to be, a place living in the present, while still tied up to memories of the past.  Some locals came to the original Woodstock in 1969 and have never left.  Some are still hanging around the downtown area wearing the same clothes from that era. 

One part of me loves being in that space, interacting with interesting and beautiful people who carry such vivid and fond memories.  Another part wonders if they are resisting change by creating a safe place to “live in,” even if that past era doesn’t exist anymore.  Of course we want to be present to the love that was felt, but also facilitate the best way to experience that love together as a whole.  (This of course does not exclude me from wearing hemp pants, or giving hugs)

After all, yesterday’s flower children are today’s parents and grandparents – who birthed a new generation of conscious, present, powerhouses of love and light, ready to “create the change” we want to see in this world.  We are the drummers, the dancers, the spiritual entrepreneurs, the Raw Spirit Festival attendees, the carriers of the torch.

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Hiking
With all the traveling I have been doing hiking has been a rather sporadic occurrence.  Since I had some free time I decided to take the opportunity to hike up Mead Mountain with my friend Amy (pictured at the top).  We were slightly challenged with a rather constantly uphill hike to the top, but were pleasantly rewarded with an amazing steel tower to climb up, and the best lookout around.

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I am in love with Trees.

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Presence
To conclude the trip I visited Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery set right in the heart of the Catskills Mountains.  This is the North American monastic seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

The place was so serene.  We were allowed to roam the property and explore their two temples.  Surrounded by candles, statues, and Buddhas, I felt a quiet stillness as I knelt down on a mat and experienced “presence.”  One of the monks was chanting and I thought that was a nice experience to be apart of, but overall I was impressed the most with just silence.  Quiet a nice change from the hustle of NYC.

Peacefully yours,
Philip

ps. Come hear me speak at the Simply Raw Festival in Canada or the Raw Spirit Festival in Arizona.

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