While Visiting the Spiritual Vortexes in Sedona, Arizona . . .

While Visiting the Spiritual Vortexes in Sedona, Arizona . . . May 28, 2021

After a short vacation, it’s great to be back and writing again for Thinkadelics. If you’ve been a frequent visitor to my blog in the past, thanks for your patience and continued interest!

My travels took me to Arizona, where I spent a week warming my bones after a drizzly winter spent here in the Pacific Northwest. The blazing ninety degree weather of the desert was hell-sent and provided just the relief I was looking for.

After flying into Phoenix, I ventured northwards into Sedona for three days. If you’re unfamiliar with Sedona, suffice it to say it’s one of the most stunning places in the great American southwest. Here you will discover massive stone monoliths that pierce the sky everywhere you look. These red rock buttes are stunning to see, and they’ve been given whimsical names like … Snoopy, rabbit ears, the steamship — and perhaps the most breathtaking of them all, the cathedral.

One of the many magnificent red rock buttes in Sedona, Arizona. / Photo by Scott R. Stahlecker

But Sedona is also a spiritual Mecca for many, because …

“Beneath the endless beauty beats a healing heart. Sedona has long been regarded as a place both sacred and powerful. It is a cathedral without walls. It is Stonehenge not yet assembled. People travel from all across the globe to experience the mysterious cosmic forces that are said to emanate from the red rocks. They come in search of the vortexes.”

“What is a vortex? Sedona vortexes … are thought to be swirling centers of energy that are conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration. These are places where the earth seems especially alive with energy. Many people feel inspired, recharged or uplifted after visiting a vortex.” SOURCE

Cathedral Rock Sedona, Arizona is one of the many locations where spiritual vortexes are believed to be located. / Photo by Scott R. Stahlecker

During the later half of the week I headed down south and stayed in Tucson. Which for me was the highlight of my trip, since I got to spend quality time with three of my closest friends from high school. What made the trip so special was that my friends and I all turned 60 this past year. Arriving at this monumental milestone in life is a joy in and of itself, but to still have high school buddies to share this milestone with is truly fortuitous. We got caught up on all the latest in each other’s lives, enjoyed a few brews together, and even played some music.

(If you’re interested, I’ve posted photos and videos of these experiences on my Instagram page here. As well as photos of other places I visited like Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle National Monuments.)


About Scott R Stahlecker
Scott Stahlecker is a former minister and now writes for Thinkadelics about the joys and benefits of living as a freethinker. He is the author of several books, as well as the previous owner of several hospice agencies. You can read more about the author here.

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5 responses to “While Visiting the Spiritual Vortexes in Sedona, Arizona . . .”

  1. Hey, welcome back! You’ve been missed!

    Also, thanks for sharing your pictures and your descriptions; it sounds like a great trip that energized you (pun intended).

  2. Thank you! I hope life has been treating you well these past few months.

    BTW, I failed to find any true spiritual vortex there. My woo woo meter must need tuning!

  3. While you were gone, I fell down a rabbithole. I checked out a DVD series from the library that was a survey of various martial arts (karate, judo, kendo, tai chi, etc.) presented by a single presenter (David-Dorian Ross who’s studied and/or competed in all these fields) in addition to experts in each field. Because of this, my library suggested several books to me, including Yoga for Sleep, The Buddha in the Office, and The Buddha’s Diet.

    All of the books were refreshingly woo-sparse. All of them hold in common the idea that a regular meditation practice can improve your sleep, interpersonal relationships, and diet (the latter by taking time to slow down and make good choices and appreciate what you have).

  4. That would be a good rabbit hole to fall in! As for myself, my mind still seams to be on vacation. I’ve even suspended meditating now for about six weeks. When I woke up early this morning I stumbled across an add on FB for a master class series on meditation by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I’m sure you know about him. In my mind he’s probably done more to raise awareness about meditation from a secular viewpoint. Anyway, it got me to thinking that it was high time for me to get back to meditation, along with a few other habits that help keep me grounded.

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