This week I took a little trip & stayed in a vacation home near the beach. It was a minimally furnished beautiful apartment with no telephone, no internet, no television, no doorbell. I loved it there. At first I was a little worried about giving up my internet connection (read: addiction) for 10 days, but you know what? — it was great. I was totally at peace.
More & more I get this feeling that I should try something I never have before & that is; living outside of the city. I’ve lived on opposite coasts of the United States my whole life: the Bay Area & New York City. I’ve never lived off of the beaten path (except in my lifestyle & work), never lived outside of town, or near an old grove forest — actually, I’ve never lived more than two short blocks from a major post office to be specific. I grew up two blocks from a post office & I currently live only one block from a post office. Things over the years have been pretty consistent & pretty convenient, I could say that much for sure. But it would be nice to branch out & try something new.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine told me about this wonderful website called Free Cabin Porn. No, not that kind silly, it’s literally cabins. Or more like alternative housing: eco-friendly, artistic, unusual, old-fashioned, or clever homes. When I look at the pictures, I see myself there. I see me, just sitting there. Just being. Nothing fancy. Nowhere to go, no one to be.
I like the idea of moving closer to nature for many reasons: I like the idea of mixing the modern with the primitive. I’ve always loved contrast & opposites. To me it’s the spice of life. I like the idea of being part of the world, but not in it. The internet allows me to do this in so many ways (Yes, I still want the internet in nature!). I can connect with everyone & be “seen” without actually being there. How amazing is that?! It’s so me. I like the idea of going to sleep to the sound of the wind instead of cars. I like the idea of going to bed early & waking up early. It’s not often, but I have had a few experiences of going to bed at 8:30pm & waking up at 3:30am. It felt so right. I slept so deep & sound, & I woke up content & complete, ready to start the day & welcome the sun. I like the idea of collecting water from a spring. I like the idea of growing my own food. I was at the Farmer’s Market two weeks ago & I bought a bunch of home-grown micro greens. After eating them I felt so relaxed, content & balanced, it’s clear to me that I should be eating like that all the time. Mass produced mineral deficient greens from grocers do not measure up.
I like the idea of moving closer to nature in general & will continue to let it marinate until it manifests. I’m not sure what the future will bring or be for me — but whatever it is, it’s perfect.
No matter where one goes, there they are. The source of unhappiness or discontentment is always from within, not without. Ultimately, we should be at peace no matter where we are. But a few cute birds, a quaint home, a cool breeze, a best friend, a cozy bed, & some good food does help. (*grinning*)
The bottom line is: home is where the heart is. Make sure your heart is in the right place & make sure it’s the number one thing on your list. If you have this priority in order, all else falls into place effortlessly. If you don’t believe me, check back with me in five to ten years. I’ll test it out for ya.
“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“In the West, you have bigger homes, yet smaller families; you have endless conveniences — yet you never seem to have any time. You can travel anywhere in the world, yet you don’t bother to cross the road to meet your neighbours.” — Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
“I’ve come to believe that we can blend the best of age-old folk wisdom with the best of modern knowledge to create a world of incredible beauty — a world of caring, creativity and joy.” – Bill Coperthwaite
“There’s nothing in the world that can compare with sitting with your best friends in a close circle, under the spell of the fire, watching the flickering flames and having a wonderful time together.” – 1959 Boy Scout Handbook
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” — Henry David Thoreau
“Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” – Kahlil Gibran