White beaches & umbrella drinks, green valleys & desolate trails, glassy lakes & the call of a loon; we all work so hard for so long to get to these places, a place where we can take in the beauty, feel alive, feel closer to nature and escape for a slice of silence from our busy world of alarm clocks, text messages and advertising, advertising and more advertising!
It is in these quiet, breath-taking moments that we can just sit; just sit and do nothing. Don't move, don't speak, don't even breathe in some cases....nothing, just be. Of course we do nothing a lot these days and sitting is often associated with tv watching, keyboard typing, neck-craning texting...mere visual distraction, not visual stimulus!
Finding a place where one can reflect often requires a quiet, invigorating space void of noise: practicing yoga amidst the morning dew (not yoga class), a long drive home with a broken radio (and no ipod), or an unstructured bike ride on familiar roads (without a training partner). It is in these moments when we usually come up with our best ideas. A time when we can zone off towards a some unknown destination, our mind wandering through a world of what-ifs, what-could've-beens and whats-nexts, tethered only by the most basic elements of the task at hand. A journey that perhaps, if lucky, may lead in just the right direction, to an original thought.