Lately I feel like I've had this inability to focus on much of anything. Normally my thoughts are a jumbled chaotic hodgepodge of various things but the past few weeks I've felt that my life and everything surrounding it is in a state of disarray. I'm not sure if its the cold, rainy, wintry like weather, the fact that I'm hoping for a new adventure to come my way, weekends that have been jam packed of fun and friends or a combination of the three. I've found myself running very short on patience, drive, and tolerance for others. I've just sort of felt like things were closing in around me.
I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. ~John Burroughs
I've spent the past two afternoons at a local park, alone with my dog and my thoughts. I closed my eyes against the sun feeling the warmth penetrate my skin and pour into my soul. I kicked up dried leaves, laughing as my dog ran through attempting to snatch them out of the air before they could gently float back to the ground. I sat on a blanket of fallen pine needles just drinking in the sight of brilliant golds, reds, and oranges set off against an azure sky and verdant hillsides.
I felt the chilled air blow around me and at times, it seemed, straight through me. I gazed into the distant rolling hills astounded by their simple yet staggering beauty that I all too often overlook.
I spent several hours just being; getting lost in the beauty surrounding me and away from the daily issues of life. I focused only on the very moment I was in. I deeply inhaled the crisp fall air into my lungs, then exhaled away the stuffiness and negativity that had over the past few weeks settled into my being.
Every once in a while I need to abruptly halt everything that is going on in my life and take a couple of hours or a few days to quietly step away from the rest of the world.
Sometimes I need room to breathe.
I need open spaces to clear my head.
I need my soul soothed and spirit healed.
I need to have my senses put in order.
All photos by me.