By Dr Kathleen Boisen
We all feel the pressure. There seems to be much more chaos in the world, and with the internet we know all about it. Our own government can’t seem to make up its mind.
Are we completely nuts yet? Our days are filled with a “to do” or “to accomplish” lists that are way too long, and things get crossed off at a snail’s pace.
But wait, there are many things you can do to enhance your life and improve the quality of your daily living. You’ve probably already done one of them. Live in Santa Barbara, truly one of the most beautiful, calming cities in the world.
I can vote with some authority because I lived in Europe for 16 years, in 5 different countries and traveled extensively. Santa Barbara in many ways is our own personal retreat center.
You never get stuck on the 405 in traffic, you don’t commute an hour each way to and from work, you don’t have to dig your car out of the snow or spend time worrying about the next hurricane. It must be paradise for body, mind and soul.
Here is a question to ask yourself? When do I actually enjoy the pleasures of Santa Barbara on a daily basis? Many people do, here are a few tips for those who lag behind.
Everyday take time (even just 15 minutes) to enjoy something of Santa Barbara that tourists pay money to visit, see or do.
Walk to the end of the pier, smell the ocean, watch people fishing, have a bowl of soup. Sit and stare at our islands, they change every minute it seems. Wiggle your toes in the dry sand. In season, smell the roses in the mission rose garden and read the amazing names. Tour the mission museum, its fascinating.
One of my favorite things to do is to pretend I’m a tourist and with a friend take the electric trolly up and down State street. We stop and have a cup of tea in one of our many outdoor cafes. Is this Provence? Perhaps it is Marseille in the early morning as you go to the harbor and watch the fishing boats come in with their catch.
There are also the many farmers markets to visit. Are we in Italy? You can visit Montecito’s Mount Carmel church, light a candle and pray , pretend you’re in Mexico.
Relax in a cafe with a tea or coffee and actually have a face to face conversation with a friend. A live person might be a refreshing change from staring at your computer or chatting via cell phone. All this might help antidote the day’s frustrations.
Dr.Kathleen Boisen is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Certified Hypnotherapist in private practice in Santa Barbara. www.drkathleenboisen.com or 965-4232
comments? email Kathleen.Boisen@cox.net