Do you have a happy place?
One of my yoga friends asked the rest of us over for dinner the other night where our "happy place" was. Having been in therapy before, I knew the term, but it was new to others around the table.
Your "happy place," as its woo-woo name suggests, is the place you picture in your mind when you need to find an calm oasis in the midst of the chaos of life. When everything's going wrong, or when you just need a minute to slow your racing mind, you travel to that place and conjure its sensory details, trying to trick your head into thinking you're really there.
If all has gone well, I'm at my actual, real-life happy place as you read this blog, which I wrote on the eve of my annual shoreline vacation. With any luck, I'm sitting on a beach chair under a big canvas umbrella, smelling the salt air and watching my kids romp in the surf. What happier place could there be?
But the trick is to hang on to that happiness, transport it back to the place you live the rest of the year. Don't we all know that sinking feeling when we recognize our vacation high is ebbing? At least I know I've recharged my own happy place, so next time I need to go there in my mind, its details will be vivid.
Do you have a happy place? Where is it, and how do you use it? Or do you think happy places are just a bunch of hooey?
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