For as long as I’ve lived in Atlanta my respite during times of stress; an over abundance of energy or when I’m feeling introspective, is seated at the water’s edge on the Chattahoochee River. “I come here to sit, and not think,” I answered once when asked by a passerby, “Why are you just sitting here on the boat launch deck staring at the water?”
I’ve always felt more centered outdoors, and am particularly drawn to the water. So, when I moved to Atlanta fifteen years ago, I was ecstatic to learn that I was a mere five minute drive from an ancient river smack dab in the middle of a modern city. The banks of the “hooch” is a year round resort locale for Canadian Geese, and my own personal temple.
There have been times when my energy has been off or I’ve had a bad day at work, and my car literally drives itself to the rec area so I can ground myself among the trees, wildlife and wetlands. During this time of non-contemplation, I find myself naturally slowing down, and then I close my eyes and go in.
“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everyone has a respite even if they don’t realize that’s what it is for them. Some people garden, some people go to the beach, others go fishing or visit a family cabin, and still others volunteer their time as a way to connect with others. For many, that place of healing is within.
As you read this, you may come to the conclusion that you have a special place that you go to when you need to “unwind,” and you didn’t even know it. Visit that place often, with an open heart. Especially if that place is within yourself. Visit that place to let go of that which doesn’t serve you, and take in new, healing energy. Choose now, to recharge your spiritual battery regularly and frequently.
Where do you go to sit and not think?
– Your Charmed Yogi