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  1. Linda

    I need one of these! My monkey mind is all over the place when I try to sit still and meditate.

    2 months ago
  2. Erin

    I am a daydreamer… Being able to escape into my imagination is an exceptional tool that helps relieve anxiety. For me, sometimes leaving that safe space can be difficult versus going there.

    2 months ago
  3. Erich617

    The beach

    2 months ago
  4. Cathie

    A place I revisit in my mind that inspires awe and peace is an English field of rapseed in bloom – beautiful fields of yellow and green. The breeze gently rippling the field.

    2 months ago
  5. Don Jones

    Being aware that there are three options: imagination, memory or being here now. I strive for this moment, experiencing it moment by moment. It is beyond peace. It is bliss.

    2 months ago
  6. d
    duncey73725

    Perhaps embracing a mantra or holy name. Perhaps more physically inside a pristine forest without any signs of the developed world in sight.

    I lack insight otherwise perhaps I wouldn’t need a special place outside to touch peace more often.

    2 months ago
  7. Rabbit

    Sometimes it is just lying down on my yoga mat listening to a good book as I so seldom take time to just rest. I also agree with so many who said nature. It could be noticing things on a neighborhood walk or visiting a wonderful park. I will post some pictures in the Gratitude Lounge of Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve in Michigan, a place I often visit in my mind. Or, it could just be a bunny in my backyard. I gives them carrots in the winter when I make dinner. They actually sit and wait for them.

    2 months ago
    1. Barb C

      We feed our “yard bunnies” too, Rabbit. This summer we had two different burrows with baby rabbits–so cute!

      2 months ago
      1. Rabbit

        My neighbor had some too. Will try to post a picture in the Gratitude Lounge. Do you feed them carrots?

        2 months ago
  8. Antoinette

    On the North Shore of Oahu in a park called sacred Falls. Behind the Falls there is a spot where I used to sit all the time and watch the waterfall and all of the beautiful nature on the outside. Under falls the water kept me safe and sound was so peaceful.

    2 months ago
  9. Barb C

    Always something to do with being in nature for me. It doesn’t have to be a memory of a specific place but thinking of being near water or in the woods is always calming.. And thinking of lying on my back in the grass as a child looking at the blue sky.

    2 months ago
  10. N
    Nita

    Creeks, streams and rivers. When I stand amid the rocks and rapids of a stream, mending my fly line, the water just flows through me washing away any concerns or worries. I become peace. I become stillness. I am transfixed in the moment. I can return to this place anytime I close my eyes and get still.

    2 months ago
  11. dragonfly

    Forests are my places for peace and calm. Now is my favourite time to be there, but when they are a fresh green in spring, they are the most calming to me. And if a river winds through them…well, then I like to sit on its banks and let my worries flow away with the water.

    2 months ago
  12. dragonfly

    There are so many beautiful places that make me feel peaceful and calm. Sprucewoods Provincial Park on a weekday was the first that sprang to mind, though. When you google it and look at images you might understand why. 🙂 It is in Manitoba, Canada, about a two-hour drive southwest of Winnipeg. Closer to where I live is Beaudry Provincial Park. Also very peaceful. I better stop because now all my peaceful places just tumble into my mind. 😀

    2 months ago
  13. Helly

    My special place is by the sea- the noise, the gentle rhythm of the waves and that greeny- blue colour. That place makes me feel in the moment…and the moment is good.

    2 months ago
  14. c
    carol

    the sky, the night starry sky and recalling Wawawai County Park and sometimes awareness

    2 months ago
    1. Barb C

      Carol, are you from the Palouse?? I was born in Lewiston, ID, went to college in Pullman, WA, so I immediately recognized the name of this park.

      2 months ago
  15. Charlie T

    When meditating, I sometimes imagine that I am sitting on the exposed roots of a large oak tree, with my back to the trunk, and across from me, sitting in the lotus position, is the Buddha, also meditating.
    A little like Ferdinand the bull, sitting on a little hill, under his cork oak, peacefully smelling the flowers.

    2 months ago
    1. Mica

      Ooh, I like that Charlie – the oak tree and its trunk and roots and the Buddha! I’ll save that to my gratefulness doc. And Ferdinand’s cork oak – those were on the ‘west campus’ near my old home and I was fond of them 🙂

      2 months ago
  16. Mark Piper

    Main Street, Stoughton Wisconsin; my long-dead grandparent’s apartment, and neighborhood on the isthmus of Madison, Wisconsin; St. Ann’s Church & School, Stoughton, Wisconsin.

    2 months ago
  17. Robin Ann

    My church makes me feel peaceful and calm. The stained glass windows are beautiful. Also walking on the beach or a nature trail near water.

    2 months ago
  18. devy

    The solitude of the Gatineau hills where there is lush forests and running streams and lakes abundant with wildlife, tranquillity and solitude

    2 months ago
  19. EJP

    My beach beside my ocean.

    2 months ago
  20. Joseph McCann

    I live in a rural area at the base of the foothills of the continental divide. We have a small river that runs through our little farm. I believe this is my special place. Agua es Vida. Water is Life.

    2 months ago
    1. Antoinette

      Beautiful 🤩

      2 months ago
  21. m
    Mair

    There is a family cottage in Maine, and there is an old green rocking chair on the porch. That’s my place. I remember my dad buying the chair from the man who sold people’s good discards at the town landfill, the dump in those days. I remember this purchase because he asked my dad if he knew of a good woman who might want to get married. He was clearly good at mining treasure; I hope he found someone. The chair has been on our porch for 50 plus years. I feel close to my family, present and passed on, when I sit there and take in the Maine marsh. It’s a place I can “visit” that checks every box. Being rocked, sweet memories, living-breathing marsh, sitting in the seat of those I love . . .

    2 months ago
    1. Barb C

      Love this. Those special pieces of furniture are part of places in our memories too.

      2 months ago
  22. Laura

    There is a place, but it exists only in my imagination. I think of it as my hermitage, where I can find shelter if life feels overwhelming.

    2 months ago
  23. Michele

    Two places that come to mind are Hills Creek State Park (which I’m visiting in a few weeks, can’t wait) and the beautiful cabin where I used to do yoga, Lotus Pond in Tampa, Fl. My backyard is also peaceful and full of nature.

    2 months ago
  24. Avril

    Over the years of practice, I’ve been introduced to a few meditation “caves”–rooms with limited light and the right accoutrements for extended meditation. The best one was colorfully called “The Oven of Shakti“, in Fort Walton beach Florida–because they had little to no AC. Alas, the ashram is gone. But, I’ve created my own cave in a walk-in closet at home. One minute in there and I drop into meditation rather effortlessly. It’s charged with the energy of peace– which I carry inside me.

    2 months ago
    1. Mica

      Thank you, Avril! ‘The Oven of Shakti’ is a lovely name. ‘The Oven of Kali’ would be even lovelier, to my somewhat strange mind. I wonder if I could find that peace in my walk-in closet, but unfortunately it’s my clothes closet. But I could try 🙂

      2 months ago
  25. Kevin

    I have several spots along the ocean near me that I can hold in my heart and mind that bring me immediate calm. Another spot that I always “carry” with me is the look and feel of our old Quaker meetinghouse in Westport, Massachusetts.

    2 months ago
  26. sunnypatti48317

    The beach or the mountains. The beach I think of is a place I visited in Costa Rica, and the mountains I love are the Appalachian, particularly in the Western NC and Eastern TN area. My mind calms just typing them out here! I must add that I can find peace anytime I need it, and it’s in my breath. Pranayama calms the mind and the nervous system very well.

    2 months ago
  27. Pilgrim

    The beach or the woods. A Cathedral that used to be an important place during Holy Week.

    2 months ago
  28. Dusty Su

    Because I am such a Bohemian being, and have made 55 complete moves in my life, my place is within my heart, my mind, or on a long walk in nature. Writing is always a safe space, a place to find wisdom, clarity, support. So practices rather than an actual physical place.

    2 months ago
    1. A
      Ana Maria

      Thank you for the reminder that a place can be many things. If you are homebound by choice or by illness your answer reminds us that the place is within us. Beautiful!!

      2 months ago
      1. Dusty Su

        So true. We must sleep in our own head every night, so best it’s peaceful.

        2 months ago
  29. Christine

    The grave of my husband Karel. I was able to find a nice place for him at the cemetery where he lies. There is a small forest near the cemetery where burials were allowed. At the edge of his grave is a tree to the left and right, and a bush near his head. It’s like a natural chapel. It is quiet and peaceful there.

    2 months ago
    1. m
      Mair

      So, beautiful, Christine. I feel at peace just reading about it. Thank you.

      2 months ago
    2. Kevin

      That spot sounds beautiful, Christine.

      2 months ago
    3. Dusty Su

      That’s beautiful Christine.

      2 months ago

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