In Episode 118 of the Wandering But Not Lost Podcast, co-hosts Matt Emerson and Jan O’Brien begin a discussion on how to manifest your new normal.  The world has forever changed, and now is the time to set your path for the future.  In Wandering Zen, we celebrate Cave Week by spelunking across America.






“The New Normal”  ~Leo Batauta

In his article, Leo Batauta of Zen Habits beautifully spells out the key things I really believe so many of us have been feeling amid the COVD-19 pandemic.   Several that stood out for me:

  • Sense of disruption
  • Heightened uncertainty & anxiety
  • Feeling of isolation – yet a new sense of “togetherness’
  • Wanting to feel something meaningful

There are opportunities in developing a new mindset and embracing and manifesting your new normal!

  • True gratitude and appreciation for what and who you have in your life now
  • An opportunity for self-reflection and identifying areas you want to work on and master
  • Re-evaluation of your priorities and taking action toward what you want to attract and create in your life
  • Revisiting or redefining your purpose or calling
  • Expressing compassion for yourself and others
  • Creating a deeper and more meaningful connection in your life

Welcome to the new normal – the remote or virtual era!  In the coming weeks, we will be exploring these concepts and strategies to thrive in your new normal:

  • Adapting a flux mindset
  • Embracing change – seizing the opportunities around you
  • Pivoting to emerging markets/sectors for your business and learning new skills
  • Creating a great workspace at home
  • Committing to a self-care plan


Who would have thought that on the heels of National Park Week 2020 comes Cave Week!  So today we lace up our hiking boots and head underground to explore and talk about the caves of the National Parks.  Mammoth Cave may be the largest, Carlsbad may be the most well-known, but there are so many others across the country to explore, each with their own unique features and tours.  As a matter of fact, there are over 4,700 caves that the National Park system manages, with at least four of these that extend for more than 135 miles.  Let’s go spelunking…



Solution Caves in Parks

These caves are formed by the dissolving of the rock along and adjacent to joints (fractures), faults, and layers in the rock. The processes involved are both chemical corrosion and physical erosion. Solution caves are most often found in rock types such as limestone, marble, and gypsum and are associated with karst landscapes.

The following is a partial list of National Park Service units that include solution caves:

Lava Tubes in Parks

When fluid, molten lava flows out of the ground, it works its way downhill. Soon the surface of this lava stream cools and hardens into a crust. Although the outer crust is hard, the lava inside is still molten, and continues to flow downhill. Once the molten lava has passed through, it leaves an empty tunnel called a lava cave, or more commonly, a lava tube.

The following is a partial list of National Park Service units that include lava tubes:

Sea/Littoral Caves

Sea or littoral caves are formed by the action of waves pounding against rocks that line the shores of oceans and larger lakes. These types of caves are evidence of the enormous power of waves and may be further modified and enlarged by wave-carried sand and gravel.

The following is a partial list of National Park Service units that include sea or littoral caves:

Talus Caves

Talus caves consist of open spaces among large rocks and boulders in talus piles found at the base of cliffs or steep slopes including narrow canyons.
The following is a partial list of National Park Service units that include talus caves:

More to explore…

Ready to become a cave enthusiast?  You’ve got a few months to prep because 2021 is the International Year of the Cave & Karst



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