The Joy of Campfires

Two Camping Trips in One Week

Camping is one of the best ways I have found to slow down from city life and tune back in with nature and myself. I love camping and am thankful when I get to go on a trip and sleep under the stars. This past month I got to go on two camping trips in one week! This was a first for me. They couldn’t have been more different. On one of the trips my tent opened to a view of the pacific ocean at Crystal Cove and the other a view of the Anza-Borrego desert. There is one thing that most everyone thinks of when camping, and I’m betting you’ve already thought of it. Campfires and s’mores! I will for sure be sharing with you some great gluten free s’more and other campfire recipes in the future (like I said I love camping so I’ve got heaps of tips and tricks to make it fun and easy) but today I wanted to write about the campfire itself.

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My Campsite at Crystal Cove State Park

There is something eerily hypnotizing about fire. At every campfire I’ve ever sat around there has always been moments of dead quite where everyone stares intently into the fire, being taken over by the bright colors, warmth and movement. Fire is captivating and is a beautiful reminder of just how wild life can be. Next time you have the opportunity to sit around a fire (inside or out) I want you to enjoy every minute of it. Talking, laughing and connecting with loved ones is a huge part of de-stressing but I would invite you to also use it as a way to become centered with yourself and nature. Take a few minutes to get super grounded and energized by the fire. Let all the stress and drama that happened in the day or your perceived stress from what is to come in the week ahead fall away. Try to clear your mind of everything and just be present with the warmth and light of the fire.

 

Fire Grounding Exercise:

Plant both feet firmly on the ground, lay hands open on your lap, eyes fixed on the fire, and take 10 deep breaths in and out as you begin to notice all it’s colors, movement and warmth…… Deep breaths. Slow down and enjoy being outside connected to the elements. Breath in for 4 counts, hold your breath for 2 counts and out for 4 counts. See that fire is the source of life with so much energy it can not be contained. Fire must move, dance, give light and heat to exist, like you. See that fire is a reflection of yourself. Be filled by all its energy and know that you have a bright light inside you that others are just waiting to be captivated by. Let that fire warm you and help relax so you sleep well that night.

Campfire at Anza-Borrego State Park
Campfire at Anza-Borrego State Park

There are sadly times when campfires are not allowed like my campsite by the ocean.  I’m sure if you’ve ever camped in the southwest you know what I’m talking about. If you’re in wetter climates you might think I’m crazy but there might be a time you camp in a campground that won’t allow fires because of wildfire potential. Before you write off that campground because you can’t make s’mores hear me out.

Stars are the fire in the sky and living in the city we sadly see very few of them. Lay back and drink in the wonder and vastness of the night sky before you head to bed. It always blows my mind how small and expanded it makes me feel at the same time, no matter how many times I’ve seen a stunning starry sky. To be a part of something so beautiful and vast as our universe is a wonderful reminder to drop routine stress, slow down and connect to the world beyond our day to day life. Doing this will help you enjoy deep sleep filled with sweet dreams. Fire or no fire before you head to bed during a campout be sure to take in the night sky and remember just how small and massive you really are.

Do you have any camp fire rituals? What do you love to do around the campfire? I’d love to know!

Peace & Love,

Alyson

 
 

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