I’ve found a trail, around a lake, that takes me deep into the woods, up some hills and around rock ledges and edges and dwellings of animals for sure. I’ve found a place where the wind drives through the groves of pines and one by one, each tree joins in the whoosh as they sway back and forth; once in a while, the limbs add their creaks and their groans.
The wind catches my hair across my face and I look up to see the slow and majestic movement of the branches swinging to and fro. And I hear
Not one bird.
Not one human.
Not one dog.
Not one car.
Not one chainsaw.
Not one plane.
Just for this moment.
Just for this breath of a second
There is just me.
And the woods
And the wind
And the water
and I find myself anchored. The air is cold and crisp and clean. I take a few slow deep breaths, luxuriating in the scent of the trees and the earth itself. I can actually smell the colors of green and brown around me. With each inhale I take in from this place, there is an exhale where I let go of the noise, the commotion, the pollution that’s inside me.
I notice a shadow pass on the dirt path and when I look up into the sky, squinting at the sun, I see a huge blackbird fly by. So silent in its flight but its very existence, right at that moment, carried a message that couldn’t have been any louder.
I closed my eyes and knew.
This is where I can find rest.
This is where my soul can find peace.
This is where my body can relax.
This is where I knew my heart could let go.
This is where I knew my heart could fill again.
This is where I knew I could heal.
This place is my anchor.
It brings me home into my own skin and grounds me.
I believe we all need a place like this, that just allows us….
It doesn’t just have to be a place. It can be a person, a song, a book…
It’s that which holds us in place long enough to give our souls the chance to knit itself back again. To close the gaps and holes that tore it open. It’s like a salve on a wound, bathing it in medicine that is so pure it can only be from God, gifted to us humans through the Muses.
Sometimes we are lucky and find our anchors while consciously seeking that one thing, that one person, that one….but then there are those anchors that show up by chance, maybe led by a tickle of intuition to go there, zig instead of zag, listen to that, turn left instead of right, and then there you are.
I am lucky to have a few such anchors in my life, each one different but no less powerful. Yet this place is special in its extraordinary culmination of senses. It takes my breath away. The air tastes sweet, the colors soothe my eyes, and my ears can rest from the cacophony of city sounds but best of all, I can find the peace and quiet again to be able to hear my soul sing once more.
Not just for today, this Friday focus, but for every day, I wish that each of you find your own anchor that is best for you. An anchor that is not a burden but rather one that gives you tranquility and peace.