I actually do
have a lifestyle which allows me to do this daily.
I live in the mountains, with a breathtaking view, I work outdoors with animals, I do my daily runs and mediations in the forest, on the grassy
outcroppings which overlook the Rhone Valley. I eat vegetables and fruit grown on my land and that of my neighbors, I eat the meat of animals that
thrive in the land around me, and that I help care for.
My husband works in the city, as he loves that, but he also has a lot of time off, paid, to spend in our natural environment, and with our family and
But that was not the case when I lived in So. Calif. I think the culture has to value this and make it possible. I live in South France now- where
everyone gets two hours off at lunchtime to go home and eat with their family... kids don't bring a lunch to school, employees don't eat at the
nearest fast food.
Having the biggest and most recent model car is not valued, so people aren't in such a race to compete with each other. Bigger, better, faster is
looked at with mistrust..... because they figure, if you have that, you have probably sacrificed the smaller, more fagile, slower parts of life to get
it- like your children and grandchildren, flowers, and the afternoon breeze.
I am sure so many would like to enjoy a life in which they can slow down and savor the subtilities of the senses, but for many it just isn't
That's why we have renovated our stone barn to make an apartment for guests, with a marvelous view, a jacuzzi, fruit trees and a veggie garden
surrounding, hiking trails in front, and a large spa area! I want to see those people having a moment of this- of getting in touch with nature, and
their body again! We are thinking of making a creative area with paint, and clay and various materials available to do some artistic creation.
I really appreciate having a life like this and want to share it with others that can't.