Having started with the meditating I have been able to recognize other things that give me that same peace and calm:
Sunshine on my face, especially with my eyes closed and birds singing and a cool glass of pinot grigio in my hand…
Deep blue skies with fluffy white clouds.
A hike in the woods.
Hugs or cuddles from my kids.
Snow. Especially thick snow. (Probably because I rarely ever get to see it and never have to shovel it…)
A lavender bath.
The scent of roses.
Certain music (Exactly what moves me always changes EXCEPT for Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. That is a constant.)
I knew they relaxed me. I knew I enjoyed them. I just never realized exactly how profound and healing they actually were. I need to get exposure to these things more often…