“The more in harmony with yourself you are, the more joyful you are and the more faithful you are. Faith is not to disconnect you from reality – it connects you to reality.” -Paulo Coelho
This past week, Adam and I took a vacation to Colorado to visit the Rocky Mountains and unplug from reality for a few days. It was a blast and I can’t wait to return next year. With us living in Eastern Kansas, driving to Colorado isn’t too bad; only 8.5 hours to Denver. If you have ever been to Kansas, you will notice there are no landmarks or sights to go see – unless you like wheat and corn fields – so we love getting the chance to visit the mountains and have completely different scenery to look at.
I love visiting the beach, but I love adventuring in the mountains more to mostly be alone and to center myself after all of the chaos that goes on at work and home. As I get older, I am working towards being grounded and centered more, and focusing on having a positive, Zen atmosphere and attitude. The difference between being grounded and centered is that being grounded means being in complete control of your mental and emotional health. Being centered is to have a reference point to come back to when life gets tough and you get off balance.
“A good way to think of the center is to imagine the medicine wheel that is a part of many Native American cultures. The wheel represents the four directions in the physical world, and each direction refers to a part of you. For example, the north represents the mind, the south represents the heart, the east represents the place of spirit, and the west represents the body. To maintain a sense of well-being, all the directions must be balanced.” – Diana Raab PhD, psychologytoday.com