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12 March 2013 @ 11:20 pm
Pieces of Home  
I just got back from a trip to New York City with my momma. She had been saying for years that we should go and have a fashion-oriented, girly long weekend in the Big City. There's a great show of Impressionist art and Victorian fashion at the Met right now, so I bought her a ticket for her birthday and off we went. She can be a nervous traveler, so I was a little concerned, but everything seemed to go off quite well.

I may post details about the trip itself later, but for now, the thing that most strikes me about the trip is that I really feel at home in New York. I'm usually more of a moderate-sized-city kind of girl, but I find I really enjoy my visits to NYC in a way that I don't necessarily enjoy other cities I have visited. I was a little nervous the first time I went - anxiety about traveling to a big city all by my lonesome and all that - but even then, it quickly passed. The energy, the lights, the history, the possibilities... It all makes me so content and peaceful in my heart. That sounds odd to say about such a big, busy, dirty place, and yet there it is.

I've found three places that really make me feel more present in the world - a little closer to being the me that is in my soul, if that makes any sense - the top of a cliff in Scotland, a mountainside in the Himalayas, and being one drop in the roaring river that is New York City.
 
 
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corvusjoyous: crowcorvusjoyous on March 13th, 2013 04:35 am (UTC)
Yay for being back safe and sound!

Makes perfect sense to me. Baby beach Aruba, and Tree Road Kauai, so far, for me. Or maybe just all of Kauai...
They create a particular feeling, a satisfying sense of being ?anchored? in a comfortable moment well remembered.
For me, the first is an adventure, feeling of discovery of new excitement and a tactile delight in the ocean; the second an amazing serenity and sense of timelessness, a balance with nature.

What are the specific sensations these three places evoke in you? If you're willing to share such. Or are all three just the same sense of the feelings you already mention - contentment, peace, and presence, "you-ness"?

I think of them as the places your mind goes back to, or perhaps a bit always stayed in, even if your body can't always be there.
eithni: greeneithni on March 13th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
Well, the Scottish seaside of the Western Isles *smells* like home. The salt and the peat and the smoke and the dirt, it just calls to me and says "here, you belong here." It's a huge part of the reason I love the bog-body Scotches. I never was a Scotch drinker before going there, but sticking my nose into a really filthy Islay brings me home for a moment.

For the Himalayas, it was the light. The mountain air was so clear, particularly after spending some time in Indian cities, but the light just had a different quality to it, bright without being sharp... PRESENT in an inexplicable way. It invited me to look, really LOOK, and in so doing, stop and really think about the world without and within.

In New York, I think it is the energy of possibilities. There are SO MANY things to do, see, meet, experience, enjoy, learn, share, love. It's a huge cramped city full to bursting with the space for everyone to be the self they want to be, if they have the courage to be it. There isn't room for a King sized bed in your walk-up, but there's miles of space to grow into you. It's a modern day Babel of languages and peoples and food and possibilities. Fabulous, contemplative, working, wild, intellectual, theatrical, businesslike, celebratory, quiet, serving, creative, exploring... What do I want to be right now? Where am I going? All roads are there and are open.
Roxelanaroxelana on March 13th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
I love big cities too and I've lived in many of them. I always end up yerning for the trees though - not that I could live without the cities - just that I'd prefer to spend my time with the trees. Far far away from other people.
DameJ: Westminster Pierdamej on March 16th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way about London. I even like spending time at Heathrow.
eithni: excellenteithni on March 22nd, 2013 04:49 am (UTC)
:) I generally like the airports too, since they are the gateway to adventure.