If I’m not attentive, it’s easy for me to separate my feelings from my physical body and get lost in them. So I’ve learned that need a practice of physical exertion/cardio, not only for bodily health, but for mental clarity—to “take my thoughts captive”—as it’s easy to forget my identity is not my current state of feelings. Maybe this is the reason I am so fond of mountain hiking. The incredible beauty found along the trail—galaxies of roots and fresh damp air against my face—inspire my feelings for good, feeding my heart’s desire to seek out the beauty of life. But, hikes can also be physically painful, and during the assent, it’s impossible to forget that I have a body! Here, I’m not floating on a cloud of daydream—but fully present and refreshed and know life pumping in my chest, in my tired, strengthened lungs, and in the soreness of my feet. Exertion is a gift, and nature is both the physical and non-physical sanctuary that I need.