These sand cave photos were taken by my kids on a recent rock climb in Utah. Beautiful, no?

These photos are the only visual I have of the sand caves because I did not accompany them on the steep climb.

Nope, I waited for them at the bottom. It was our third hike of the day and I’d had enough. Never mind that I’m not partial to heights. Or unmarked trails. So I sent them on without me.

I used to put pressure on myself to do all the things. Even when I didn’t really want to. I worried that I’d be disappointing someone if I didn’t join in their experience. Heaven forbid I disappoint anyone.

These days, however, I honor my body and its rhythms. I also honor my intuition.  I trust myself to know when I want to participate and when I want to spectate. I make choices that feel good to me in the moment.

I notice that when I come from that place of self-trust, incredible things happen.

Like when I sat waiting for my kids to return safely from their climb, another mother from the east coast joined me on my sitting rock. We had a lovely conversation and kept each other company while our kids made their journeys. The connection was so nice that we exchanged phone numbers.

The next day when I took my kids to Bryce Canyon, I texted my new friend to find out which hikes her kids liked best. They had been to the canyon the day before us and she shared their favorites.

Sometimes there’s more to be gained by resting than by forging ahead.

Stephanie Banks

Stephanie Banks is a professional intuitive channel who uses her gifts to connect with all life, humans, plants, and animals. 

Stephanie Banks

Intuitive Channel, Soul Insight LLC

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