Highlands Point Trails 08/28/19 #Hike #Journey

Sunset at Highlands Point_2019-08-29
Sunset at Highlands Point / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

Highlands Point Trails (Highlands Ranch, CO) – trailmap
Trails traveled: Buck Snort Trail, Tenderfoot Trail, Giddy Up Trail, Longhorn Ledge Trail, Difficulty: Green (Easy)
Loop, 6.2 miles Round-Trip, 640ft Elevation Gain
Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Weather: 80 °F, Clear, Sunny

Hike Recap:

  • Birds
  • Beeman Point
  • Contemplative Prayer
  • Mountain View
  • Mountain Bikers
  • Cloudless Sky
  • Some Shade
  • Front Range

This was an easy after work hike. The weather was perfect. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. The afternoon was starting to cool down. I didn’t have any other previous commitments planned so I went for it.

I am so glad I did!

I have been reading “Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer” by Richard Rohr recently and it has been blowing my mind. I would say I am a beginner at contemplative prayer and really hadn’t ever tried it before. A few minutes into my hike, while I was thinking about what I might write or see or how this hike would go, I felt like God was inviting to spend some time in contemplative prayer.

Contemplative prayer can be likened to meditation, however, there is a focus of the prayer on “seeing” God in a new way. It is about truly “seeing” yourself and knowing who you are (finding identity), and experiencing a new part of who God is. The prayer doesn’t use a lot of words, rather, it is more of a “listening” to what God is speaking to you. One of the main parts of it is letting go of thoughts, concerns, worries, anxiety, or any other reasoning that would hinder or interfere with your prayer of hearing God and seeing yourself in a new way.

I found a perfect spot, Beeman Point, which is an overlook, that wasn’t being traveled on very frequently because almost everyone else on the trail was on a bike. No one was going to the overlook, because it wasn’t a “loop” and it is a particularly narrow path to get to the point.

It was an amazing time of prayer. I almost made it to 30 minutes, saying very few words and just listening to the intimations and impressions on my heart. During contemplative prayer you mostly give your mind and reasoning a break, and instead, you engage your heart with what you are experiencing. When I finished the sun was completely set and dusk was setting in all around me.

Around lunchtime, I will share some of my experiences during this contemplative prayer.

It was a very impacting experience for me.

– Jason

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