There are a few distinct places and landscapes where I and my husband find a soothing balm to the Soul.
One of these places is the Ancient grounds of Red Rock Coulee, in Alberta, Canada. Just 40 minutes from our home city is this beautiful, magical spot.
It is one of the few untainted places that remain rather pristine, and the giant red rocks that have survived the moving glaciers ions ago, provide a backdrop to one of the most reverent spots we have ever had the pleasure of taking in.
We regularly make a mecca to this spot each summer with our pups, to do a walk amongst the ruins, and then set up our chairs and watch the sun set over the horizon.
All you can hear is the cattle bawling far away, and there are no electric wires for miles as it is a protected area. We are so blessed to have this area, and I remember my soon-to-be Husband bringing me there for the first time years ago. It was, and has been since, a testament to his deep and thoughtful spirit, and one of the things that grounds me in life.
Since then, we make it a regular pilgrimage, and every year we see or learn something new. Close to sunset, the boulders become even more vibrant red, and the effect is like having landed on Mars.
I have, and will always be profoundly affected by these ancient grounds, where all you feel compelled to do is listen… to the rocks, and the land surrounding you. I feel God’s palpable presence in this place. Something profound always happens in my soul in this place, if I am quiet and still, and take the time to listen.
In a world where we are continually bombarded with corporate marketing, advertisements vying for our attention and our pocketbooks, and the consistent assault on our senses by the media (buy this, you need this, your life is incomplete without this or that, sale on ONE DAY ONLY!):
Red Rock Coulee continues to be a balm to my Soul, and for that I am grateful.
One need only take the time to sit in the presence of these majestic boulders, and one does certainly find solace.
Where are the places you find solace? Where are the places you seek out on purpose to un-plug? I would love to hear your stories.