I just returned from a wonderful and very full four days in Fort Lauderdale. To all those I did not get to see this time, please forgive me. My schedule was packed with events, a Family Constellations Workshop, and seeing as many beloved friends and spiritual family members as possible. In fact, by Monday afternoon, my body was telling me that perhaps I had planned too much in those four days. I was exhausted!
However, one of the things I really hoped to do while in town was walk on the sidewalk along that stretch of beach where I used to do my cardio every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning. Not only did I need the exercise, I knew a dip in Mother Ocean would be amazingly refreshing. She is always more than willing to carry away my worries and any energy that no longer serves. Since my flight back to Houston was early Tuesday morning, I was running out of opportunities to get there. Finally, after a great Miracle Monday ACIM study group at Bridges Spiritual Centers followed by a magical burrito with my friend Charles, a break in the action presented itself. Charles graciously lent me the keys to his car and said, “Go!”
Words fall short of expressing the joy I felt as I trotted along that familiar route as the sun went down that evening. It’s my absolute favorite time to be at the beach. The temperature is cooler, the sky is often painted with brush strokes of pink and orange, and the water becomes that mystical, silvery color. When I finished walking the four miles, I wasted no time removing my sneakers and socks so I could wade into the gentle, rolling waves. As I submerged myself in the warm water it felt like a reunion with an old friend. All the busyness of the weekend melted away as I floated on my back letting Mother Ocean completely support me. My body is relaxing just typing these words.
Eventually, I had to force myself to get out knowing I needed to get back and shower before dinner. My contentment must have been obvious because as I walked up the beach the life guard mentioned how happy I looked floating in the water. I certainly was. That spot on Fort Lauderdale Beach will always have a very special place in my heart. I spent many a morning and evening there simply basking in gratitude feeling blessed to live so close to the ocean. It is my Happy Place for sure.
Where is your Happy Place and when was the last time you were there? Of course, happiness is an inside job, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little help from the outside once in a while. If you’ve been feeling stressed or overwhelmed lately, I encourage you to visit your Happy Place as soon as possible. You could physically go somewhere in nature that makes your heart smile or just take a few moments to go there in your mind during your meditation or quiet time. Maybe your Happy Place is your sofa while reading a good book or watching an old movie. Perhaps it is an outdoor cafe where you can people watch while sipping a cup of tea or cappuccino. Wherever or whatever it is, there’s no better time than the present to go there. Your soul will thank you! And whatever task or project you’re working on will benefit from this infusion of happiness.
If I can help you find your Happy Place with a Family Constellations or Life Coaching session or series of sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. It makes me happy to assist others in experiencing more peace, love, and joy in their own lives. For more information or to schedule a session please look around my website or send me an email.
Until next time, I look forward to receiving a wave of contentment from your Happy Place! Let me know in the comments below where that is and enjoy your stay…
“God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.” ~ A Course in Miracles – Workbook Lesson 101