Welcome to the season of celebration: Thanksgiving, the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and more. No matter what holiday you celebrate, it is the season of the year when we especially want to spend quality time with family and friends, participating in rituals and traditions that we have enjoyed since childhood. And while it is indeed a festive time, this time of year can often bring on feelings of stress and overwhelm as we add additional tasks to our usual workload.
I remember a couple of years ago during the month of December; National Public Radio (NPR) ran a wonderful series on their program, Morning Edition about peace. Each Tuesday, NPR correspondent Susan Stamberg and her crew went around the country and stopped people on the street to ask, “Where do you go to find your own personal peace?” It was a simple but powerful and thought-provoking question that evoked many interesting, heartfelt, and often moving responses. It’s a very good question to consider; especially during this bustling holiday season.
When I asked myself that question, there was no hesitation. For me, it is ALWAYS outdoors in Nature; no matter what the weather is doing. I am grateful to be living in the midst of a quiet and beautiful environment; the NJ Pine Barrens: a unique and natural setting that covers over 1 million acres of pristine streams and woodlands which includes a diverse wildlife population. Whenever I want an outdoor retreat setting, I simply walk out my door and within a few paces, I’m surrounded by forestlands. It is there-always-where I find focus, clarity, answers, and peace.
What about you? When you are feeling the pressures of everyday life, where is your perfect retreat setting? Is it somewhere in Nature or a quiet, cozy location in your home or even a light –filled office window where you can gaze out for but a moment to find the peace you seek? Wherever it is…go to that place…as often as you can…especially during this full and busy month. Try it for a few minutes or better yet; a few hours…it is there that you will likely find a peaceful respite that will energize your body, mind, and spirit.
Retreat Coach Patt Osborne | Adventure Coach