A Seat in the Garden

I took the picture above last Wednesday on the west coast. It reminds me of how a change in perspective can create a different mood. I woke up this morning with a very different landscape as I live in the Chicago area and winter is in full force. I admit I was in a funk, and did what I do when I feel low. I create my own seat in the Garden by connecting with my favorite people, cuddling with my dog, listening to music, practicing yoga, journaling and eating good food. One of the songs I heard was this beautiful tune by Ásgeir Trausti:

Far up in the north, the nights can be so dark.
Biting cold takes its toll on the body.
Grýla casts her spell in the depths of the mind,
damaging happiness and the joy of life.
Hope and faith, don’t you fail me now.
Hope and faith, come and warm my heart.
Hope and faith, fill me up with strength.
Hope and faith, shine down with bright light.
Hope and faith, give me back my joy.
Hope and faith, in the dark of night.


“Head in the Snow,” Ásgeir Trausti

What do you do to grow hope and faith?