A Happy Place…

 In Reflections

“In visiting something you love, you come home to yourself. There is a thrill that is quite visceral. A feeling of well-being steals over the senses.” —Julia Cameron

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting some new and longtime happy places. Walking into two local bookstores to drop off flyers, I was transported back to childhood trips to the library and the bookstore—very happy places for me.

Just as Julia Cameron mentioned in the quote above, “a feeling of well-being” stole over my senses. Where do you experience that same sense of well-being?

After laughing with friends over lunch at another place of joy, I then drove to see a potential retreat space in far south Austin…a new happy place!

The beauty and peace of Five Oak Ranch, a slice of heaven with large oak trees similar to the ones pictured here, filled me with a completely different, but no less treasured, feeling of well-being.

Caught up in the daily to-do list, it’s easy to let too many days go by without visiting the places that rejuvenate us, spark our creativity, or reawaken our spirit. What happy place can you make time to visit this week (if only in your imagination)? What new place can you explore to discern if it’s worthy of being a new addition to your list of happy places?

May you take the time to experience the feeling of well-being that flows through you when being fully present in your happy place.

This Place

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour,
but this hour.”

–Walt Whitman

The bluebonnets are here! Perhaps a field full of them in the Texas hill country is one of your happy places.

An Artist Date

“At their best, Artist Dates inspire a sense of awe. As we undertake a visit to something that enchants us, we open ourselves to still further enchantment.”
— Julia Cameron
First shared with the world in her wildly popular book The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron continues to promote Artist Dates as a way to feed our senses and support our creativity.

Gift

A day so happy.
Fog lifted early, I worked in the garden.
Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers.
There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess.
I knew no one worth my envying him.
Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot.
To think that once I was the same man did not embarrass me.
In my body I felt no pain.
When straightening up, I saw the blue sea and sails.

—Czesław Miłosz from New & Collected Poems 1931-2001

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