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Having a Place...
Do you have a certain place in your life that you can go back to again and again, and although you are different, something about you still feels the same? The power of place is an amazing thing. I got to write a bit about this feeling in a piece I wrote for Bon Bon Break - Out of my Nature.
I've written about the magic I feel in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts many times - Over The Red Line Magazine just published my reflections on a favorite trip I took with my brother there. I find that whenever I choose to "go to my happy place" in my head, and findn a sense of calm, happiness, peace joy, and simpler times, my head goes right to those hills.
Maybe seeing all of that lush greenery surround me at once is what my soul craves. Maybe it's the crisp air, the open roads, the yoga center up the road, the rustic and quaint town.
Or maybe it's that it is a place I still have in my memory that is pure, simple and carefree, and now that I've gone through so much - medical things, and then just the everyday pains of getting older and dealing with more issues that we all face - and the Bershires represents more than a mere place - it represents a mindset for me, a daydream that has the power to transport me out of whatever is bugging me and back into a place of sunlight, birds chirping, and the scent of fresh summer grass.
But more importantly, I'd love to know - what is the power of Place for you?
Do you have a place you can come back to over and over again, whether just in your dreams or in actuality, and still feel that same feeling, even though you have changed?
The power of Place. The world is huge. There is so much to take in, absorb, gather collect - that is where our insatiable need to explore, travel, learn, walk, live, sight-see.
To know that I have only seen a tiny wedge of our earth. That's the amazing thing. We are just so... small.
But forget about all of that. The power of Place doesn't have to be three planerides away. Any place could have signicantly heavy meaning for you. For me, I'll always remember an old museum I grew up down the street from as a child. It was where I fbought my very first digital watch, and to me, it was a sign that I was really a "big kid"
So coming back there now to display my art in the museum's gallery is an extra special treat!!!
Before I go...
Today, find that place where something resonates in your soul. It could be a place you remember fondly as a child...or, start now! Find a place that strikes you deep inside, and come back to it again and again..either by foot, by car, or by imagination....a powerful thing thing, you know!
Wherever something resonates in your soul -
Ultimate meaning is not grasped once and for all in the form of timeless idea, acquired once and for all, securely preserved in conviction. It is not simply given. It comes upon us as an intimation that comes and goes. What is left behind is a memory, and a commitment to that memory. Our words do not describe it, our tools do not wield it. But sometimes it seems as if our very being were its description, its secret tool.
Oh and P.S. - so I made this painting years ago - I called it "Winter Meeting"...
I just saw this children's book at the bookstore - remind you of anything?
Now I'm really motivated to writing that children's book I've been dreaming about!!!