A lot of times it is the environment that stimulates our thoughts and guides our way of thinking. Think about when you are on vacation and all of a sudden your mind becomes free of complication and convolution. Perhaps a beach and a coconut drink were in the illusion as well but you get the point. No matter what environment we exist in, we must find ways to create clarity within our mental capacities.
I found my mental escape in the Bayou Bend Gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Between thickets of greenery exists a historical landmark of Houston with intertwining walkways and rustic benches. Symbolic of early 20th century architecture, I felt very much displaced from my usual populous urban surroundings. Something about small spaces and endless concrete generates a feeling of entrapment. However, I felt so emotionally invigorated in the luscious scape of the garden. Something about magnolia and azalea that awakens the senses allowing thought to move more fluidly and breathe exchange to occur more rhythmically. Perhaps the old saying should become “Take time and smell whatever natural escape you can find” since many of us Houstonians find ourselves more surrounded by a sea of windows rather than a sea of roses. Whatever and wherever it is, find it and visit it often!