Where do you go that makes you feel more grounded? When life is spinning out of control and you need a second to breathe where do you head?
For me, it has always been a garden. Something about the architecture, wild beauty, symmetry, and care of a garden brings me peace. The world stops spinning so fast, and I can see the bigger picture beyond my own problems and stresses.
I find a quiet path through a garden and just walk and think and pray. My favorite gardens to visit are the White River Gardens and the gardens surrounding the Lilly House at The Indianapolis Museum of Art. I love gardening in our yard too. It keeps my hands busy, but my head is free to think about how God is working and the metaphor between gardening for plants and gardening my soul.
I don’t think I could have told you gardens were my thing when I was in college. It’s taken time and noticing to figure out this little nuance of my personality. But I have found it helpful to understand a simple way to feed my soul.
Once you start noticing these things about yourself, it’s easier to pick them out in others too. Here are a few I’ve seen in others: riding horses, running, going to a forest, watching the tide of the ocean, yoga, walking or sitting with a pet, being by water, sitting in the stacks of a library.
I’d love to hear your answer: How do you feel grounded when the world is spinning wild?