There’s this hiking trail we used to visit on the regular when we lived close to it. It was a pretty consistent after school activity for my kids and me, and even more so in the summer. My kids loved climbing boulder after boulder on the trail. They would climb to the very top of the highest rock just to scare me. My younger son and I just recently walked it and re-lived some great memories.
The trail is lovely and wooded, but it’s also sandwiched between two major roads, so for most of the walk one can hear traffic in the background. There’s still the experience of the lovely nature and the beauty of the creek and of the water, sometimes you get to see a majestic blue heron on the water, but the sound of the city is there even in the midst of the trees and beauty.
But there is this one spot, a little off the first road, and well before the second road…….where the water is running a bit faster and the traffic just disappears. You simply hear the sound of the water and of the woods around…..and nothing else.....and it is so very peaceful, even when knowing the city is so near. There is this space of peace and quiet, of rest in the middle of chaos. There is this space where all else disappears and you can fully immerse yourself in the world directly around you, where you can breathe a little deeper.
May we, this week, find a little more peace in the middle. May we find pockets of rest, of quiet, of space in the middle of chaos. May we breathe a little deeper this week.
Have a wonderful day dear friends, I am so very grateful for each of you!