Set Free

{International Rose Test Garden, Portland, Oregon}

Okay, I’ll be honest.  I’d much rather watch a documentary on Netflix (anyone have any suggestions?) and let my mind wander than write a blog post right now.  Escaping to Oregon earlier this week for the first leg of my vacation provided a perfect combo of nostalgia, tranquility, and connection.  Rather than psychoanalyze and process the impact that my trip had on my psyche (as I usually do in my posts), I’m instead going to reminisce and share pictures from my trip, which hopefully captures the essence of my time spent there.  I still have one more week of vacation left, so if my writing doesn’t have as much structure and depth as usual, that’s because my writing is characteristic and reflective of my current, free-flowing state of mind.

{Washington Park, Portland, Oregon}

{Portland Japanese Garden}

{Yachats, Oregon}

{Devil’s Churn, Oregon}

15 thoughts on “Set Free

  1. you said your writing currently is reflective of your current state of mind (vs structured )…….when I am doing what you’re doing, I call that “unpuckering” (I think I’ve used that term w/ you here before). It is a good thing and it indicates you are at a place where your inner world is starting to relax. I religiously try to get to this place every night after a hard intense day’s work, and sometimes it can take 45 minutes to an hour to get there. I am a first born former work-a-haulic so I had driven, intense lifestyle down pat…I’m sure each of us has different ways to get to that point. I’ve never tried it, but I’m thinking something like Yoga probably has the same purpose. Great pictures, and excited for you, that you have another week. I need a week 🙂 DM

    • Hey DM…yes, i recall you mentioning the “unpuckering” effect in a previous post. i can definitely say that i’ve reached the “unpuckered” state! i’m glad i have an extra week off, because it took me a whole week to get to that point. glad to hear it takes you 45mins to relax…perhaps w/ some practice, i’ll be able to reach your level of zen! Hope u get your week off sometime soon 🙂

  2. gosh vania those are wonderful pictures..the roses at the portland rose garden are mezmerizing…then of course we know the complexities and wonder of the devil’s churn. although all of those things are only 1.5 hours away from me our lives dont’ allow us the time and space we need…as you and i discussed…….no time to simply integrate the so called ordinary…which is truly where the value of life lies.

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