Where is your happy place?  You know, the place where you can go to just be.  The place that breathes life into your soul and connects you spiritually to the universe around you.  The place where you can enjoy your authentic self and for just a little while not worry about the day-to-day grind of life.

For me, it isn’t just one specific place, but rather a theme…that theme being nature.  This is where I find my happy place.  Outdoors in the fresh air, preferably near a body of water, enjoying the simplicity and quiet solitude of a world in which there are no deadlines, no drama, and no unnecessary noise.  It’s where I feel closest to God.  It’s where I can go and feel small (in the best way possible) and appreciate that which is so much greater than myself.  It’s where I like to go to just stop for a brief moment in time.

We have so much to learn when we just stop. Stop talking.  Stop texting.  Stop posting.  Stop buying.  Stop doing.  When we just stop and, well, be.  In our happy place, like a tree in the woods.

On a related note, I wanted to share the poem below as it contains so much wisdom from which I think we can all benefit.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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“Advice from a Tree” ~Ilan Shamir


Dear Friend,

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!