Soul of the Southwest
Last week I had the opportunity to do a Sustainable Service training for the State of New Mexico, which is located in the beautiful capital of Santa Fe. I’ve always wanted to go there, and despite never having been, frequently imagined myself living in that area later in life.
Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States and was originally named, La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asis,” or “The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.” This explains the statues of Saint Francis scattered around the town.
I couldn’t help feeling like Santa Fe is the soul of the whole Southwest. I had coffee with an older gentleman named Stephen who gave me a glimpse into the community there. He spoke to four or five other men while I was there, at one point sharing his concern about his dog with cancer and inquiring as to the health of the other man. Their hearts were open to one another, the way you’d expect from deeply connected and artistic-minded people.
The sky in Santa Fe is deep blue and the air is crisp and clear. The spiritual roots of the town are palpable. If you haven’t been there, and want to experience energy that is both grounded and inspired, I would recommend a visit.
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