One of the best parts about summer in Mount Shasta is swimming in Lake Siskiyou.
This lake was formed by damming the Sacramento River, just down the road from its source. The water comes from Mount Shasta and is imbued with the energy the mountain.
The scenery at my go-to swimming spot is a breathtaking panorama. On one side, there is a full blown view of Mount Shasta. In other directions, I can see Mount Eddy and beautiful forests.
Since it comes from a spring just a few miles away, the water is always a bit cool when I first get in. On one of our typical hot summer days this is very refreshing.
Within a few minutes my body gets used to the temperature and it begins to feel pleasantly warm. Not quite like Maui, but very comfortable.
After I swim for a few minutes, I like to lie on my back. During these precious moments of floating, I relax more deeply than I usually can on land. The contraction of separate self dissolves and I feel one with the water and the sun. Joy surges through my body as I taste freedom once again.
When I get back on land, I feel infinitely refreshed. I may have been tired from a long hike, but now I’m energized and awake, ready for whatever life offers the rest of the day.
Andrew Oser has been offering guided retreats on Mount Shasta since 1982. Through hikes to little-known sacred sites, guided meditations, spiritual life coaching, and time drinking in the silence of the mountain, he helps clients to deeply renew themselves in body, mind, and spirit and receive clear vision for their lives. Andrew also offers spiritual life coaching by phone and Skype.