What a colossal relief I feel when I am even just LOOKING at a lake, pond, ocean or river. There are such soothing effects–olfactorally and visually for me. Who am I kidding…the effect is really visceral. It feels like an almost instant alignment with calm and contentment…to my core! The heavy weight of any concerns, worry or stress–mine and others that I’ve picked up along the way, just falls off me like an over-stuffed backpack.
I think it’s the vastness, the power and the simple focus it seems to have. There is no haste–despite the times that it’s rocking it’s way to shore! It just knows where it needs to go, and simply does so.
As a child, I used to feel afraid of the enormous waves of Lake Huron. I thought they were angry and so avoided them while they were raging!
“You’re a ghost driving a meat-coated skeleton made from stardust, riding a rock, hurtling through space. Fear nothing. ~Author unknown
As an empath, I have experienced enormous stress after being around too many others in a day. I can sense and absorb, quite easily, the moods of others. I’ve been like this my entire life and had a heck of a time managing it in earlier years. Along my path, I have had to learn how to cope and manage this so I could go out and do things in the world…and remain aligned at the same time!
Since I am a sensitive, I have acquired ways to ground myself beforehand and during, as well as to realign as soon as possible afterwards. A successful shop is like being behind the camera, I have to remain calm / still, centered in my own energy and focus on the task at hand.
In this regard, it has been interesting for me to see others cope with the ‘social distance’ regime. I have always needed to be about six feet away from people while shopping!
Animals seem to be drawn to me, and I am SO inspired by their simplicity, adaptability and resourcefulness! They are such a spiritual tonic for me, causing me to realign instantly in the moment I interact with them. They have so many messages for humans, I believe. The basics in my understanding are: look after yourself; harmonize with nature; share the love where you can, and always be mindful about what’s going on around you.
“This above all: to thine own Self by true”. ~William Shakespeare