Come Wander
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I waken with the sun warming my face, and for a blissful moment I lose myself in the now, not thinking ahead to what my day will be like. I remind myself I am here, now, and where I will be in five minutes is yet undetermined. Anything is possible.

I unfold in my day slowly, taking each moment as it comes. I am open to possibilities, to the unrehearsed moments evolving before me, and the joy waiting to be sparked.

Wandering through mindfulness can lead you on a virtual discovery of yourself, your surroundings, and the world at large. It’s a chance to take a step back and remind yourself to lower expectations, be open for discovery. It’s a time to Just. Breathe.

Be Here

What does it mean to be here? To truly sit and experience the now? Close your eyes and become aware of the sounds drifting past you: the hum of the refrigerator, the whirr of a ceiling fan, the dripping of water outdoors. Notice the scents hovering in the air around you, tickling your nose. Listen closely as each breath fills your belly, unfurling inside you as you slowly exhale.

Be here, right now.

It’s the Small Things

It may seem like a cliché, but it really is the small things in life that can bring you the most joy. Think of the pleasure to be found in the experiences we often overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life: The sensation of a warm cup cradled in your hands; the fragrant steam bathing your face and tickling your nose. The sight of dozens of birds flying high overhead, hurrying, hurrying, to get somewhere.

When you pay attention small things can become big things.

Empty Mind

Take a moment to stretch your imagination, to allow your thoughts to flit and drift unfettered. Then reign in your thinking and empty your mind, and let the inner quiet settle over you like a warm hug. Far from being intimidating, a settling quiet in your mind can be a relief, a vast well of calm you can draw on at will.

Inside you an oasis from the storm of life awaits your call.

Unrehearsed

Spending a day unrehearsed doesn’t mean a day spent doing nothing – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. An unrehearsed day means leaving yourself open to discovering new experiences as they arise, to shift focus and move with the moment. It’s the ultimate in flow, Zen, and mindfulness. From one breath to the next, the world is full of possibilities. Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world” but you could also look at his quote another way:

Change the way you see the world, one breath at a time.

Stories

Just Show Up

Hit the water and take advantage of these easy kayaking and canoeing opportunities in Ontario’s Highlands.

Exhale and Unwind

Experience a slice of farm life at Dwyer’s Farmhouse in the Ottawa Valley.

Pampering at Home

Pamper yourself with a little self love with this recipe for an at-home spa day from Wind in the Willows Spa in Haliburton, Ontario.

Treat Mom at Home

A mother’s hands do a lot for us throughout our lives, from washing dishes to drying tears, and deserve a little break. Treat mom with this DIY home spa experience or purchase a take-home kit with everything you need in it.

Before the Lake Wakes

Wake up lakeside with a steaming cup of coffee from a roastery in Ontario’s Highlands.

Just Breathe

Discover the beauty of mindfulness and allowing yourself to Just Breathe.

Perfect Picnic Spots Near Ottawa

Discover these perfect picnic spots throughout the Ottawa Valley and Lanark County on your next road trip just outside of Ottawa.

Get Hooked

Expert fishing guide Sebastian Kowalczuk shares his secret fishing spots where you’re guaranteed a good catch.

Coming Home

Discover the story of Sarain Fox and her journey home to the Ontario’s Highlands, relieving memories of ice fishing and snowmobiling along the way.

Mad About Maple

Maple syrup isn’t just for pancakes. Celebrate Canada’s iconic sweetener in all its forms in Ontario’s Highlands.

Go Cross-Country

Glide over fresh snow on four cross-country ski trails near Ottawa.

The Hottest Views

Soak up incredible views and beneficial side effects across Ontario’s Highlands.

Bask in Romance

Add a little romance at one of these nine intimate Ontario retreats.

Daily Dose of Nature

Discover these places in Ontario’s Highlands that allow you to get out into nature, benefiting your mental and physical health.

The Best Fall Canoeing

Discover these top lakes and rivers in Ontario’s Highlands to discover the beauty of fall colours from a canoe.

Mindful Moments in Nature

Live in the moment and tune into yourself at one of these 6 nature spots in Hastings County and Haliburton County.

Golf, Eat, Sleep, Repeat

Discover these 5 golf courses in Ontario’s Highlands, perfect spots for your next golf escape.

Namaste Outside

Breathe the fresh air at outdoor yoga workshops and events near Ottawa, Ontario.

3 Cheers for Mom

Discover ways to give a mom a Mother’s Day to remember, with gift ideas that go above and beyond.

SUP with that View

Grab your SUP board and take in the beautiful views at these 5 places in Ontario’s Highlands.

An Escape into Nature

Find your connection with nature and each other during a cabin getaway at Deacon Escarpment in Renfrew County.

A Silent Ski Cross Country

Take a break to recharge your spirit and relax your mind while cross country skiing in the snow-covered woods of Silent Lake Provincial Park.

The Serenity Seeker

I’m a Serenity Seeker. I wander at my own pace, searching for a way to unwind and reconnect with myself and with the people who matter most.

Where Am I

Explore the sweet moments and ageless beauty of Perth, Ontario.

Bit by Serenity

An expert traveller’s advice on how seek serenity and embrace a slower pace in Ontario’s Highlands.

Glamping in the Wild

Experience Glamping and reconnect with your loved one at Elements Outdoor Hotel, located in Renfrew County.