It is a beautiful Spring afternoon here. I am sitting on a cushion in my backyard. I feel a slight gentle breeze brush against my skin which feels refreshing. I begin to inhale deeply to the count of 4…hold for a count of 4…and then slowly exhale to a count of 8. Thoughts of gratitude begin to fill my mind which makes me smile. I am grateful for this afternoon peace pause, making the time for myself to just be, and for a quiet and empty house to fully enjoy this time with no interruptions. I feel my body and mind begin to relax as I settle into breathing naturally. Listening to the soothing rain, my mind wanders back to one of my hiking trips I was on last year. I see the rejuvenated version of myself…smiling and waving for me to come join her. I decide to follow her and soon we become one. My mind becomes as clear as the blue sky. My spirit is peacefully invigorated. I am grounded. I am grateful for the healing energy of nature as well as this time to reconnect with my true self.