May 21, 2016
Forbes | Lea Lane
I’ve found few places that are as serenely beautiful as Sedona Arizona. You can hike, bike, drive off-road, fish, and enjoy art galleries and cafes, and outdoor concerts in natural amphitheaters under clear, star-filled skies. Travelers flock to Sedona’s red rock bluffs, sandstone monoliths and towering spires to take in the natural scenery, elegance and serenity.
And Sedona’s reputation as a spiritual mecca and global power hotspot has drawn healers, artists and spiritual guides, and created powerful places of worship for faiths and thinking of all kinds. Between the sun-soaked spires and lush greenery lies personal escape from the bustle of life (especially in this rancorous U.S. election season!).
Inspiration and rejuvenation are feelings often expressed by visitors. Many are drawn to Sedona by the intense energy and the healing, therapeutic feelings intensified among nature’s stone temples glowing startlingly red against the blue sky.
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You can find peace by just finding a pretty place, breathing the fresh air and appreciating the quiet. And many organizations offer spiritually-based programs. Three of the most well-regarded places of zen where locals and travelers gather to achieve relaxation and rejuvenation include the Amitabha Stupa, Sedona Spirit Yoga and the McLean Meditation Institute:
Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in the stunning red rock country is a place for meditation and spiritual renewal. Situated on 14 pristine acres at the base of imposing, iconic Thunder Mountain, the land is deemed holy by native peoples. The striking 36-foot enlightenment stupa gets its name from Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light, whose bronze image is nestled in the faceplate of the stupa. Filled with hundreds of millions of prayers for peace, sacred relics and ritual offerings, the Amitabha Stupa is a vortex of enlightened presence and a beacon of blessings for all beings.
Sedona Spirit Yoga
For more than twenty years, Sedona Spirit Yoga has been welcoming guests to experience yoga on red rock vortex hikes, enjoy a nurturing break from everyday life and access greater peace within. Its leaders are expert Sedona retreat guides and veteran hikers who are deeply connected with the sacred land and vortex energy. The yoga hikes are tailored to hiking ability and pace, along with spiritual experience, whether a short hike to meditate near a vortex or a long jaunt on a rigorous hiking trail.
McLean Meditation Institute
The McLean Meditation Institute (MMI) is a leader in offering professional meditation and mindfulness teacher training. MMI was founded by Hay House author Sarah McLean in 2006, after 20 years of a deep personal meditation practice, working in the personal transformation field. She is known as the face of contemporary meditation, and headed up the education programs at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. She spent two years living in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and traveled much of the world by bicycle, seeking the secrets of meditation. She brings this life experience to her practice in Sedona, offering services to both personal and professional groups across the globe.