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Nature is one of many connections to empowerment and energy – there is a wealth of space and clarity when surrounded in nature.

2011 was a year of travel for me. I have been researching energy vortexes and meditation within nature for my soon to be released book, The Responsive Universe. I have visited some amazing places within the United States in an effort to center myself and connect to the sublime energy found so prevalent in nature.

I was intrigued by the space of the Great Plains and the majestic presence of the Rocky Mountains. The deserts and canyons of Utah showed rugged beauty even amidst desolation. Sedona was enchanting and nothing seems more inviting than the Pacific Ocean which I visited in both California and Hawaii.

There is so much inspiration and energy to be discovered within nature – each scenic vista so different from the last but each unique and memorable.  Even a sunset in your backyard can be inspiring. On the long winding path to self-discovery and enlightenment use nature as a tool to connect to the sublime – to energy and dynamism.

From energy we were born – from nature we evolved – find your connection to the natural environment that surrounds us and connects to something grander than just grand.

John C. Bader


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Okay, okay… where am I?

Oh yeah, here we go… toothbrush, check!

Extra contact lenses; check!

Paid the monthly bills and actually have money left over for my trip; check!

Curious… I think I am in a Holiday whirlwind of festival lights and controlled chaos… With Christmas knocking yet again on the door of life, I am prepared to buck tradition and do something completely different this year:

Bodyboard and fins packed?  Check!

Lap top to blog from afar… Check!

Here is a recent shot of my front yard. By the way, it was 20 degrees F. this morning in Chicagoland. Brrrrrr….

Right now I am wearing an Aloha shirt with penguins barbecuing under palms trees adorned with Christmas lights. Who says I am not in the Xmas spirit? Spiked eggnog? Check!

Camera with extra batteries; check!

This is where I am traveling to on Christmas Day… The western most reaches of the United States:

Tis the season isn’t it?. My Birthday is actually the day after Christmas. It’s hard to compete with Jesus; yes you can feel sorry for me and yes I was screwed out of presents.

I have found that people are nicer on Christmas…

People are normally tired and hung over on my Birthday.

I think my favorite Holiday is New Years… I like that concept of “out with the old and in with the new”.  You kind of get a clean slate to start over. Last year I was a “Pirate looks at looking Forty” (I love that song by Jimmy Buffett). 2012 is going to be the year “That anything is Possible”.  I like adding a theme to my New Years expectations. Granted it is a little narcissistic, but it sets a bench mark that allows me the entire year in which to fulfill my destiny. This year I will be ringing in the New Year in simplistic tropical desolation. My 2012 expectations are left in the optimistic hands of the Universe. All I am going to do is be a little more patient, be more compassionate and hopefully karma will do the rest…

I hope your Christmas Holidays are wonderful and you find yourself in the arms with someone you love.

As for me?  Well, back to packing…

Sunblock? Check!

Hiking shoes? Check!

John C. Bader

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Would you call it Luck?

An interesting thing happened to me today in London, Canada. I was traveling on business and making a sales call in the downtown area. Typical of populated areas, I had to park several blocks from the actual address. I paralleled parked, doubled checked the locked doors and began the journey on foot to the intended destination. I was about two blocks away when I unconsciously felt for my money clip that always sits snug in my right front pocket. My money clip is my mobile financial lifeline, especially when traveling on business. It holds all my cash, credit cards and identification. Losing it would be a catastrophe.

Well, as luck would have it, it was absent from my right pocket. My heart skipped a beat as I feverishly checked all my other pockets; it was nowhere. My first intuition was that it must be in the car – maybe it fell out of my pocket and slid between the seat and center console? Worse, I dropped it on the sidewalk. This could be bad… I briskly rushed several blocks back to my car. I did not see it anywhere on the sidewalk, but with all the people walking back in forth it would be gone for sure. I reached the car and feverishly opened the passenger door which was facing the sidewalk and began searching the seats and surrounding area; nothing. This is NOT good: I could be stranded in a foreign country with no money or I.D. I walked on the traffic side which was a little unnerving as cars were passing closely by. I opened the driver’s side door as fast moving vehicles blurred by in the corner of my eye. …Nothing!

Then I glanced down on the ground where I originally exited the vehicle. There on the street in a disheveled heap, my money, credit cards and I.D. When it fell, the silver clip must have popped off with the cards and cash jettisoning into a complimentary bonanza on the asphalt. What was astounding is that the wind didn’t even blow the money away! Yep, there it sat, unmolested and all relatively in order. I quickly grabbed the contents and regrouped over on the sidewalk.

What a relief… What luck! I immediately looked up to the sky to thank the dynamism in control of this windfall. My eyes were immediately lured to a large tree shading my car. The sun glistened through its wind rustled leaves. A feeling of warmth and bliss enveloped my body and mind. There was a karmic energy quality present – a gift I suppose. I took a deep breath, exhaled and felt the like the luckiest guy in London.

Huh, and I thought picking the Bears to beat the Falcons this weekend in the office pool was pure luck…

I am grateful, blessed and reverent. Thank you….

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own journey in Self-Discovery.

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