Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Describe a favorite place. Focus on how that place affects your sense of taste, touch, sight, sound, or smell. (Guest Post by Adrienne McDonnell, author of The Doctor and the Diva)
One of my favourite places is actually a shop called The Enchanted Forest, in Handley, Texas. It’s a small metaphysical shop. When I walk in the front door, I’m greeted by a cacophany of incense aromas that blend into a truly pleasant smell. It’s quiet save for the peaceful new age music that is always playing. The man working the register has the most beautiful deep green eyes I’ve ever seen. He’s also intellectually brilliant, and has a great sense of humour, and I love talking with him. There are shelves of herbs and essential oils and crystals for you to sniff and handle if you like. Rows of books line one wall. Incense in every form and scent are available, along with incense holders that run the gamut from extremely inexpensive (as in $1.99) to more than I want to pay for an incense holder, even though it may be beautiful. There are beautiful calendars, greeting cards, matted pictures, all of them fanciful and colourful. There is a shelf with Tibetan singing bowls, and I always have to make them sing because I love the clear, pure tone.
I’m a little odd, I suppose, in that I like to pet things that attract me. I pet a lot of things in that store. And it’s always with regret that I place most of them back where they were shelved, because I don’t have the money, the freedom, and a place to put the items I would like to have in my home. I do always leave with a crystal or two, some incense, perhaps a CD, and maybe a jewelry item that has piqued my fancy. And it’s not long before I’m yearning to head back there again just to experience the peace I feel while I’m there.