“The only way to gain power in a world that is moving too fast is to learn to slow down. And the only way to spread one’s influence wide is to learn how to go deep. The world we want for ourselves and our children will not emerge from electronic speed but rather from a spiritual stillness that takes root in our souls. Then, and only then, will we create a world that reflects the heart instead of shattering it.”
– Marianne Williamson
I’m always at peace on the water. Well, technically I’m always at peace near the water, but you get the gist. There are few things I find as soothing.
Lakes, creeks, rivers, oceans – I willingly spend hours near any of these. Water in both stillness and motion speaks to me. It murmurs to my heart: be still and listen. It quiets my mind and settles me into a rhythm older than time itself.
“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
– Martin Buber
Brace yourself – I’m about to hit full on hippie chick mode. We’re talking earth loving, birkenstock wearing, find-your-bliss granola girl. (Side note: I readily recognize that my twenty-year-old self would not have understood a word I’m blabbering on about.)
I am so grateful for the glory of this planet of ours. (Yes, I’m horrified by the damage we’re doing, but that’s a post for another day.) We’ve been blessed to visit many different areas of the world, and this week I’m discovering Wyoming.
Apparently many people (or not so many, if you’re into the U.S. census) have already learned what a peaceful and steadying force this amount of nature can be. And by “this amount of nature” I mean a lot of nature. It’s the sort of sweeping geographical scenery that hits you smack dab in the face every time you look out a window or step outside. Wyoming’s all BAM! Here’s the nature. Take that, stressed out people.
You get in your car to drive somewhere, and what’s out there? Land. As far as the eye can see. Surrounded by mountains. Freaking tall and majestic mountains, the kind they write songs about. And the animals are all chill because people aren’t hunting them into extinction, so you get to watch herds of bison meandering, antelopes nibbling grass, and moose being all…moose-y.
Talk about a place where you can really breathe.