The Space in Between: How I Found Inner Peace in the Desert

listening to nature’s call for healing and truth

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Joshua Tree is a popular tourist destination especially for hikers.

It also has a funky charm to it and attracts a diverse group of people from retirees, working class, artists and families.

Each time I go to Joshua Tree I have a reoccurring thought.

There’s nothing special about the desert but yet it tugs on my heart strings.

I am a firm believer that nature calls to us for a particular reason that only we will know when we go.

After my first visit to Joshua Tree I fell in love.

It was the kind of love that you find when you aren’t looking.

I didn’t know why I needed to go to Joshua Tree.

I just knew I felt drawn to it.

I never imagined myself to be a desert person being a small-town girl I was always attracted to big cities.

However I think when you listen to nature calling you are answering a spiritual call from the universe.

Sometimes it’s hard to explain why we feel what we feel and how it drives us to make certain decisions.

My first visit to Joshua Tree was with my boyfriend for our 1 year anniversary.

What I thought would be a celebration of our anniversary also turned into an eye-opening spiritual experience.

I was pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised by the magic of the desert.

The Joshua Trees that surrounded us felt like sacred guardians of the land.

They carried a deep and profound wisdom.

Their grand trunks showed signs of wear from the weather.

They held a power on being solid, still and rooted.

I wanted that. I craved that more than anything in life.

While Joshua Tree doesn’t have the business of a big city it has its own special kind of beauty.

A simple way of being.

The landscape is sandy and dusty.

If you go in spring you will find a diverse collection of wildflowers in bloom.

It is home to creatures like the jack rabbits, coyote and rattlesnake.

The sunsets and sunrises are like watching a meditative masterpiece of vibrant oranges, deep reds, rose golds, lavender purples and violet tones.

The night sky is lit up with shooting stars, wispy clouds and if you are lucky a moon so bright it illuminates everything.

There is nothing but space and Joshua Trees.

The land asks nothing from you.

You are left to be with yourself.

You don’t have to pretend to be anything but yourself.

In my first visit to Joshua Tree I found my voice while tripping on LSD.

I healed old wounds of trauma and found freedom.

A quiet peace emerged in my mind and body.

The visits to follow I found healing in the meditative evenings and magical mornings.

For someone who has had anxiety, depression and PTSD being in Joshua Tree naturally slows my thoughts down.

Research has shown nature has positive effects on mental health.

When I am there my mind is not living in the past.

It doesn’t wander to the future.

It daydreams.

I let go.

My body breathes naturally with ease.

I can sign and feel weightless in form.

I am effortlessly present.

I wake up in excitement to watch the sunrise.

I feel a deeper gratitude for life.

I feel a sense of home and oneness with the universe.

I think each of us has a place of peace we go to for serenity.

And once we find it we must hold onto it.

While the desert isn’t anything special it is my spiritual home and sanctuary.

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Self-help & mental health writer. Can't do small talk. Mama. Yogi. Coffee lover. Nature explorer. Get my free meditation mini-course here:

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