The environments we find ourselves in have a way of setting the mood.
In fact, places have such a great impact on our being that we have a word for it: ambiance. Defined as “the character or atmosphere of a place,” ambiance is what draws us in or encourages us to turn in the other direction. It’s a sensation, a feeling, an intuitive sense—as if the place itself is speaking directly to our soul…
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my meaningful morning
The company I work for supplies a shuttle van between the parking garage and our office, but I prefer to walk. Twice a day, I take a 1300-step meditation (I let my smartphone count). This industrial area has a substantial homeless population—some folks are outdoors completely, and some are in older RVs that only move when the police sweep the area. I’m becoming more attuned to the rhythms of this neighborhood and its inhabitants. Now I pray for whatever and whoever I see, and have brief conversations with some who are now familiar, as well as the businesses and other members of this neighborhood.