Day 3030: Your calm place

Last week, in a Coping and Healing group, I did a mindfulness exercise where I invited people to go to a calm place — remembered, imagined, or where they actually were in the moment. Most of the calm places involved water.

My calm place was exactly where I was: my son’s old room, in front of a computer screen filled with group members. Using mindfulness — focusing on your breath and doing your best to be in the moment, accepting all your thoughts and constantly redirecting your attention to the here and now, letting go of judgment — your calm place can be exactly where you are.

I’m in my calm place here and now, creating this blog post for you and me. Do you see calm places in today’s images?

I’m in my calm place whenever I’m watching British competition shows like “The Great British Bake Off” and “The Great Pottery Throw Down”. Those shows, despite the constant possibility of disastrous results for the contestants, are so much more calming than American competition shows.

Here‘s what I find when I search YouTube for “your calm place.”

It’s challenging to get to your calm place when there is so much to be vigilant about, these days. Please help make this blog a calm place by leaving a comment about your calm place, below.

Gratitude helps make every place a calm place, so thanks to all who help me create this daily blogging place, including YOU.

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19 thoughts on “Day 3030: Your calm place

  1. You have surrounded yourself with a lovely calm place, Ann. When I woke up this morning, I took a comforting walk around our backyard as I let Ellie out.

  2. as mark said, it looks like you are surrounded with calm. one can never have too much of it. my calm place is walking to the woods and the river at the end of my street.

  3. Love that beach picture–where I’d love to be right now!

  4. My calm places are my garden and my morning walk!

  5. puella33

    Even thought ths sky doesn’t seem t be at peace with itself, I love the picture of the Daffodils by the water.

  6. Most of my calm places are also near water, which can also be clam places. I don’t think that’s an accident, and it was a librarian who told me the full expression is, “Happy as a clam at high tide,” which makes more sense than just “Happy as a clam.” Books can also be calming.

  7. One of my calm spots has always been in or under water. Soaking in a bath, lazing around in a pool, or more recently discovering sensory deprivation tanks. Second to that is being all alone in my home, which is very rare these days.

  8. My calm place is outside by the pool, listening to the waterfall and the mourning doves. There is something so soothing about their call and response. It immediately eases my mind….🥰 Loved your calm place images, Ann. Hope you have a calm, happy week…

  9. For me calm places can be under the shade of a beautiful tree or away from the hustle-and-bustle.

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