So the night deceits the mind. The night dims the perception of reality, shapes, structures, depths, heights and distance. It hides potential obstacles, challenges, turns and twists which are inseparable parts of the journey anyway. Mutes excuses and justification, quiets the reason and gives a voice to the intuitive and unstoppable inner being, curious and brave to explore the unknown. The dark eliminates the questions of doability. It cancels all arguments against the idea but since you cannot see anything to define obstacles you cannot either find excuses against them. And if you don’t quit all together before you even start, it is most likely you will pursue it.
Each time this phenomenon amazes me. The darkness of the night, shroudiness of the fog and glow of the moon are your allies. Your headlamp provides enough light to just follow literally one foot after the other. The heavy breathing reminds you of your mortality and physicality and immense ability to conquer the mind over body.
It is enchanting and inspiring to see the chain of headlamps blinking in the distance. Creating invisible connection led by faith and will power to overcome human conditioning.
On the way back, I always ask this same question “Have we walked this way to the top?” The answer is always “Yes”. I stop now and then in admiration and appreciation for this phenomenon, as it never fails and always delivers the most amazing views and experiences but more importantly to trust and to follow regardless of feeling-lost in the dark alleys of life. And to remember that we are always on our path….