I have lived in the hustle-bustle of NYC life as well as in the Boston area. I am a music teacher who yearns for the sound of music in nature, as well as my classrooms!
I grew up on a farm in the midwest where I learned to appreciate a very special kind of beauty. However, if you asked me to milk a cow or cultivate the land, I wouldn't have the foggiest idea what to do! Ever since I was a child, my energies and interests were musically-related. Couldn't think about anything else and my parents accommodated these interests by taking me to music and dance lessons!
I love to travel. More specifically, I love to drive to my travel destinations if I can, because what better "viewing" while sitting, but having the luxury of moving, is the countryside as it changes or a city waking up in the morning: it's TV in motion! There's always action, serenity and the eventual awareness that we people are simply little "specks" on this earth, we're just a teeny weeny part of the world. That's what comes alive to me as I'm driving across, for example, flat land that burgeons into the spectacular, drop-your-jaw "bigness", the "reality" of the Rocky Mountains. It brings me back to what is important, why we must treasure the natural gifts of earth.
Of course I couldn't take these drives if not for the regularity of Starbucks cross country! I love Starbucks' coffee and simply cannot do without it. They offer so many different blends that are rich, velvety, "round" and eye-popping effective in my morning, that it is a ritual I cannot live without. And it's one I know I will not give up. While there, I am privy to a plethora of musical offerings from around the world: I cannot live without music, in particular, orchestras performing the classics: Brahms, Beethoven, Bach, Prokofiev, Stravinsky. The power of sound and silence is something I cherish. I cannot imagine a world without it, even in nature.
I adore movies and in particular, foreign films. I came into that "late" ~ in the midwest where I lived, we saw only Hollywood films, which are great. But when I moved to NYC and experienced foreign film for the first time, it was like traveling: seeing and hearing new things and people, but finding there is universality in us all. I find that foreign films tell their stories in a more truthful, and yet, simple way. Always, whether humorous or mysterious genres, always thoughtfully and powerfully.
Whether I am able to travel or not, I travel "vicariously" through reading. Two books I've found extremely entertaining with a spiritually thoughtful twist, both from the same author, are The Geography of Bliss and Man Seeks God. These are travel books written by Eric Weiner. He is extremely funny, humble and has a self-depracatingly sweet approach to new awarenesses, foibles and flaws. He is an honest writer with great flair in telling a story.
Another book I have read more recently and will re-read is "The Elegance of the Hedgehog." A most powerfully insightful book for me: that's all I'll say.