Imagine a little pond set back in the redwoods and pines of northern California. Walking amongst these giants, imagine looking up along their trunks. And hearing the wind moving through the forest. Smelling the scent of pine in the air or the soft, earthy humus under your feet. Feeling connected, in some indefinable way, to something bigger than yourself.
It could be called a sacred, spiritual place full of mystery and awe. A space that deeply moves, perhaps even transforms, anyone who enters.
This little pond is an important place for a friend of mine. He talks about how important it has been to him over the years. During stressful times, he would visit this special space, always finding refreshment and renewed strength to fight his stress.
A bit further south, there is another special place for my friend – a cliff overlooking San Pablo Bay right outside San Francisco. This sacred space, while also giving peace and refreshment, offers different gifts. Reminiscing about this place up on the cliff, he says, “I’m overwhelmed by the beauty it offers. The panorama is absolutely beautiful and it changes with the seasons and time of day…It gives me a warm and awesome love of nature.”
Where are the places or spaces in nature that refresh or nourish you or give you a sense of peacefulness or renewal?
It’s different for everyone. There are some special natural landscapes that tend to captivate the minds and hearts of many: oceans, mountains, and deserts to name a few. Within these broader landscapes lie so many wonderful spaces, perhaps a particular tree, cliff, canyon, or creek.