John MuirClimb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
The winds will blow their own freshness into you...
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
M and I sneaked off for a weekend together...and by sneaked off, I mean, did laundry for days and pulled together meals and hauled my in-laws down to help with the kids and talked through all the soccer tournament schedule and Saturday rehearsals for dance and laid out clothes and snacks and then....we absconded to a beautiful resort.
If you've commented over the last few days and you haven't heard from me yet, it's because I've been hanging out with this guy to whom I am apparently happily married. He is pretty cute, seems really nice, and I'm delighted to discover that we are legally and religiously allowed to run off on a little rendezvous every so often.
We have engaged in actual conversations. No one has interrupted us to ask if they can watch a mindless cartoon or to inquire as to where they might find their latest set of shin guards or to tattle on a errant sibling.
Conversation is good.
The resort where we have stayed shares access to a beautiful hiking preserve. M and I have spent several hours traversing the long trails, drinking in vistas, listening to the river pour over boulders, admiring cardinals conducting sky wars and small creatures grocery shopping in the underbrush.
And we find ourselves renewed.
We find our cups refilled.
Drinking in the clean autumn air, the dazzling foliage framing our views, has soothed some of life's most recent bruises and has infused us with a quiet joy.
Healing through hiking.
Nurturing through nature.
Allowing a wild place to tame our busy life, our frenetic pace, our complicated calendar.
And to remember how to again breathe deeply, the green scent of the river, the smoky dust of the forest, the sharp crispness of the fall air, perfuming our rest, perfuming our renewal.
And from our treed cathedral, we return refreshed.
So what renews you? Is it the bustle of a new city, the cadence of waves on the shore, the new vistas of travel? What brings you a chance to breath and rest and refresh? What is the balm that infuses your soul with more fuel for the journey? Feel free to leave a comment or to write your own post on this topic and put your name and the url of your post in the Mister Linky's box below. Give us a little insight into your soul sanctuary!