I love movies. I love getting immersed in the storyline for two hours and forgetting about everything else. I was on cloud 9 ¾ as I walked through the Harry Potter Studio Tour, learning the behind the scene secrets of making that franchise. I pretty much always have a movie on when I’m on the treadmill running. I have watched Friends With Benefits countless times (secretly a hopeless romantic). But the other night while running , the scene where Jamie (Mila Kunis) shows Dylan (Justin Timberlake) her ‘mountaintop’ in New York City made me think. Where is my mountaintop? Jamie’s mountaintop is a rooftop where she doesn’t get any cell reception, can see the stars and is able to escape life.
Do I have a place in Columbus where I can go to escape life, to think?
My answer quickly came to me – Harbor Yoga. I’ve been practicing yoga at this studio since I moved to Columbus in 2011. At a time where I was not in a good place, and very unsure of myself, the empowering environment, the people and the hard workouts where what I needed to put myself back together. Nearly 9 years later, walking into the studio still puts me at ease: I know who I am, I can forget about whatever is going on in life for an hour (or think through something in a rational way), feel at home and walk out feeling better. I’ve had several heart to hearts in the studio, being reminded that I am loved and supported. Even if life is great, I still walk out of the studio feeling better than when I walked in, knowing I just spent time with people that I adore and am grateful to have in my life.
Do you have a mountaintop? Do you have a place that is a safe haven for you? One where you can forget about what is going on in life, or think things through; one where you feel at home, one where you feel like yourself. I hope you do. If you don’t, start exploring.