The joy and exhilaration of traveling is something to be appreciated. Over the past couple of days as I have traveled through the vast and glorious mountains and valleys of Scotland, there is one spot that has made the most memorable impression of serenity. It is not a well-known spot, nor is it historic. This particular place had a sense of calm, refreshing properties and rising energy for the spirit. While exploring one of the churches of Balquhidder, by Rob Roy’s grave, there stood a path into the woods. Not far from the entrance to the pathway was a bridge. It was here that a wave of calming sensations coursed through me and my feet planted into the ground and glanced into the woodland. There, standing by the start of the bridge, the most beautiful sounds could be heard. The slight breeze rustling the tree leaves, combined with the rushing sounds of two waterfalls leading down into a stream, and chirping birds singing their songs, caught my attention. The experience was almost overwhelming to the spirit. Taking more steps away from the path and into the unknown woodland was uplifting to the soul. The thrill of climbing down the rocks and watching the water flow strong and true with ease down into the little stream below. As I moved further along the rocks the strong desire to rest my feet into the water took its toll. I stripped out of my sturdy boots and placed them on a nearby rock, out of the way of the splashing water. I sat on a slanted rock and inched my way toward the water. I could feel the chill coming off the stone beneath my feet before I even dipped my toes in. The chill of the water caught my breath and flashed through my body and soul with waves of renewal sensations. It was a surreal place of serenity. Not that much further from me, there was a stone with the implant of a “J” in the rock. This only made the sense of belonging and serenity of my true self, of being “Jordyn,” and blessed by the water, of having the opportunity to scale the rocks and feel the fresh water, that much more meaningful and purposeful.
After a long three days of hiking and exploring, all I could do in return for the little stream in this magical spot of Scotland was thank it. Nature, rich with replenishing characteristics and the spirits surrounding it, was something to appreciate. Just like its people, the Scottish lands and vast mountains are kind, generous, and inviting. To experience and appreciate the relaxing woodland and rocks it humbly offers reveals a Scottish environment that is strong, forgiving, and accepting.
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