Outer (and inner) space

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I love this place. It’s “just” a little bay, somewhere in Wales. Going there expands me. Thinking about it expands me, relaxes me, releases dopamine. But I don’t go there very often. So how come it is so important to me? When we visit places, we internalise them. A potent mixture received by the senses imprints itself as a memory. Good or bad. In this case, the smell of beach fires, the sound of tiny waves, the feel of slate on my feet, the taste of salty water and the sight of – well, just look at that image.

I offer you to think about your favourite place. Go there in your mind now. Gently consider how it stimulates your senses. Enjoy any feelings of peace or release or awe or safety. Sit in those feelings until you are full up.

You can recall this place whenever you need to, and counteract negative feelings knowing you can generate positive, supporting ones.

I’d love to hear about your special places if you’d like to share!

Where will you go today?

I like sign-posts. Strange but true. I like the implication of choice, journey, mystery. And sometimes comfort. In a fit of creativity my children and I made a sign post yesterday. Unlike some of our craft projects, it turned out well and we were all very satisifed. It was a democratic project – we all got to choose mythical places that meant something to us. We all helped.

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And we all recognised that although our choices were different, they were all valid and meaningful to the chooser.

Here’s another signpost I found, mossy and mysterious, in a piece of ancient woodland in Wales.

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I like the ambiguity. It is not giving much away about destination. These tracks are definitely about the journey and not the goal.

I wonder what your personal signpost would look like? What would it say about you? Would you be happy about your initial ideas or want to change it?