I’m learning that if there is a lot of snow outside, you’re not going anywhere. You don’t even have a choice. You’re going to stay home. Days like these make me miss California. And I especially miss my Happy Place.
Sipping hot chocolate feels real good on snowy days. Two packs of hot chocolate, marshmallows, and Vietnamese cinnamon. Yum! I take my mug to the living room, have a seat on the couch, and try to meditate.
Still, it’s not the same. There’s distractions. TV. Roku. Netflix. ESPN. My attention is divided. A living room is not the same as my Happy Place. I mean, if you wanted a place to sit down and slip into deep thought, wouldn’t you rather be drinking your hot chocolate here?
This is my Happy Place back in California. It was a great place to meditate or rest or nap or simply sit and stew for awhile before heading home. Nature is a natural remedy for life’s stressors. I would park my car here all the time. Can’t do that here. Too cold. I’d have to keep the car running and the heater on.
I’ve tried searching for a nature spot here in Pittsburgh, but nothing yet. Everything I see is snowed over, iced over, or frozen over. Everyone says wait til Spring and the scenery is much better. That’s great, but is there a place where I could go now? A place to just sit and be by myself? I place where I won’t freeze?
There are other places I go: libraries, Barnes and Noble, and Best Buy. These are places where I can walk around – usually just browsing – but mostly letting my mind dream. However, these places are loud, noisy, and not to mention the occasional employee asking what you’re looking.
Busy-ness is not a part of nature. It’s quiet. Usually isolated. No one’s around. Life feels far away. You can let your mind spiral into endless thought. I love getting lost in my mind. I can reflect, ponder, create, and all kinds of other things.
Moral of the Story: Find yourself a Happy Place (which is the same as the Happy Place post).
You need a place to get away from it all (I think I’ve said this before?). I appreciated that I had a place like that in California. Well, I appreciate my Happy Place even more now that it’s gone.
The search will continue… a nature spot in Pittsburgh.