When I meditate and the guide asks me to go to a place that makes me feel calm and serene, I always go here. I've been visiting this shore along the Potomac River at Wakefield, George Washington's Birthplace my whole life.
The morning air chilly and the beach quiet other than a solitary woman searching for sharks' teeth, I claimed deep breaths as my own testament to joy. I walked along the trail, comforted by familiarity and yet awed by the changes of tide and season. Small tide pools make their own little world and I watched a river otter perform swirls and flips over and over again.
If we are lucky, we have a place or two like this, where we feel free and everything feels good and right.