The stress and strains of our always-connected lives can sometimes take us off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.
GPS Guides are our way of showing you what works for others in the hopes that you can find out what works for yourself. Whether it's photos that relax you or make you smile, songs that bring you back to your heart, quotes or poems that bring you balance or meditative exercises that help you de-stress, we all have tricks that we use when we get bent out of shape. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our other GPS Guides here, and share with us your own personal tips for finding peace, balance and harmony.
Ellie Knaus, Writer
I Have Time
The view hasn't changed since my great-great grandparents built their cottage on this charming, remote lake in Northern Michigan a century ago. It's where my grandparents fell in love as teenagers. It's where I wrote letters on fallen birch bark, curled up with the <em>Nancy Drew</em> series on blustery days, and toasted marshmallows over campfire. It's the place I feel most connected to my family--past, present, and future.
This photo captures the day my husband proposed. I can feel the Mediterranean sun on my shoulders and the man I love at my back.
It's A Part Of The Process
Whenever I suffer from a "Vulnerability Hangover", a term coined by Brené Brown, I look at my photo of the ancient Theater of Delphi. It reminds me that storytelling is an ancient ritual. I'm a part of a collective experience. And a performer in 4th century BC probably walked off that stage and thought, "Geez. I really over-shared with that one."
Let It Go
We took this photo on a hike in Santa Fe. <br><br> "By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning."-Lao Tzu
This Is Only The Beginning
This is a collage of some of my 101 year-old<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellie-knaus/life-tips_b_1237208.html" target="_hplink"> Great Aunt Ida's </a>adventures. In retirement, she and her husband camped all over Europe. It reminds me that everything doesn't have to happen this very second. It's a journey.
Don't turn your head. Keep looking at the bandaged place. That's where the light enters you." -Rumi
"For the artistic process, the winter of quiet and invisibility is necessary for a burst of new life and expression to occur." -Anne Bogart
There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and <strong>there is only one of you in all time.</strong> This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. <br><br> It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.<br><br> No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others. -Martha Graham