Amelia Island holly

Amelia Island holly
Amelia sand dune

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Speaking of Healing

The aspects of healing found in exercise are myriad.  Consistent warm weather makes exercise a treat instead of a treatment.  Hence, the sweet all-year climate of Amelia Island with its soothing sounds and sights of sand and sea are definite assets for a healing process.

                                                     Above:   Nana Sand Dune in Amelia Island
                                                    Below: walk onto Jekyl Island Beach, Georgia

              But, even if one lives in a little paradise, it is always well to wander off to other places.

 For us those places are high above our Amelia landscape. They reside in the mountains of North Carolina.  It takes us about a 7 1/2 hour drive to get up to Blowing Rock, N.C.  At least once a year, more if we need it, we drive all the way up to sights like these.  We are blessed.  The sounds of the sea and the immense silence of the mountains heal our hearts and souls in different but beautiful ways.

Joseph Campbell said, "Follow Your Bliss."  This is what we try to do.  Sometimes we wander farther off, sometimes closer.  But, no matter, Amelia is home.

Even though the "Woods are lovely, dark and deep, we have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep."  Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets said it so well.

                    Photograph of woodland landscape by my mother: Angelina Motta Souza
                      All others by myself.  She was my photographer and artistic mentor.
                                                               Amelia is home.  
                                          Below - our Island backyard in morning light.

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