I love the idea of tranquility. You know. The mindless motions of our thoughts becoming one with the universe. Letting go of our inhibitions and stress. Putting our worries into oblivion while the world around us keeps moving to a fast pace rhythm. Yep. Those moments are few and far between but when I get them, I savor them.
I love the mountains They are as much a part of me as the breath I take. I can’t remember a time where the mountains weren’t in my life. It may be that my grandfather was once an owner of a mountain. It could be that most of my family on my dad’s side are mountain folk. Whatever the reason, I love it there. It doesn’t matter which mountain I’m on. Although, I do like Pilot Mountain a lot because my grandfather who I never met, owned it at one point. I suppose in a way, it makes me feel like I’m a little closer to him even though I never had the privilege of meeting him. Nor did my mom. He died before she was born. That’s another story for another day. Instead, when I go to the mountains, I can smell the rain before it even hits. My dad used to say that was the Indian blood in me. He once told me that I should trust my senses because our senses are the one thing that can smell, taste, see, hear, and touch. Sometimes before things are even visible with the naked eye.
Have you ever gone hiking in the mountains? If you have, then you know that there are often times where you will see vegetation that you can’t experience anywhere else. My favorites are the plants that grow on the rocks. There’s something so peaceful about watching how those plants grow on top of rocks when nothing else will. Don’t forget the sounds of nature. Those are the sounds of happiness that resonate with me. I hear the birds talking to one another as if they are having their own conversations that the rest of the world can’t decipher. They are telling one another of the joys and the dangers which are in their sight and beyond. They see prey that the rest of us don’t. They have a sharp sense of hearing. They are conditioned to be hunters and to be prepared to be hunted.
The bears that are on the mountains are another sight of beauty. Yes, they are dangerous. But in their element they are a sight to behold. Usually the cute cubs have a fierce mama close by to make sure her babies are safe and secure. You don’t want to mess with a mama bear. There are many other animals in the mountains that bring me some of the most innermost peace to watch. They are truly magnificent.
When I come home and come back to reality, many times I am forced to reflect on the day. During those times I love to put music on. Some days I prefer the classical music like Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. His 1812 Overture is timeless. There’s a myriad of emotions that occur in that piece. Brahams Requiem is another piece that brings me peace. A lot really depends on my mood and the types of music I wish to unwind to. Believe it or not, I really like just about every genre of music.
Rap is not one of the categories I generally can unwind with. If anything, I enjoy working out to rap. There are many different types of music that I find peaceful. Classical music is one of them but so is Country. I love Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, and many of today’s country artists. I love some POP music, Classic Rock and Heavy Metal. There’s punk and some alternative that I enjoy but it’s really difficult to unwind for me with many of those categories. Those are more my speed when I’m going down the road and just want some great music to listen to. To each their own but this is what works for me.
Meditation has become a Godsend for me. Some meditate, some pray, some do both. I happen to do both because it helps me deal with the stress from my job and from the difficult individuals I work around. And I’m not talking about the Staff. Customers can really make your life a living hell. There are days where I want to tell people where they can take their nasty attitudes but I’m on the clock. I have to be nice.
My main point with this blog is to make sure you are taking time for you. Every one of you is worthy of you time. You don’t have to think that you are too busy. Make the time to take care of yourself. I don’t know what works for you to find your peaceful thoughts but these are things I do for me. I try to make time to go to places. If I can’t go, then I really try to do something for myself at least once a week. There’s enough people in the world to pull at us every day until sooner or later we’ll snap if we don’t find a way to decompress. My hope for each of you is that you find the way to not only decompress, but to allow the stress to completely flee your body if only for just a spell. Relax. Unwind. Don’t worry. You’ve got this. Find your peace and make sure to let your thoughts take you to a place of tranquility.