I am a firm believer that sometimes all you need in life is a day all to yourself. I love to disappear when life get chaotic, stressful or just plain boring. And by disappear, I mean to get away from everything to restore, and inspirit the soul, body and mind. But I live in a hectic region of the country. Traffic, noise, pollution and day to day events are enough to drain me. Consequently you will often find me partaking in long hikes in the Hudson Valley, or even as far as Vermont. These long hikes act as a way for me to restore my soul. As far as I’m concerned, there is nothing better than spending time getting lost in your own thoughts and prayers. Ultimately my goal is to find serenity.
Finding an Oasis of Calmness
All things considered, there is no shortage of great spots to lose myself in the Tri-State Area. There’s an abundance of great hiking spots, parks and museums that allows me to just be. One of these spots is the The Met Cloisters located in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. The museum features medieval art, sculpture and architecture and sits atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River.
I decided to visit the museum after a very long and stressful week for the purpose of decompressing and just spending a quiet day. The museum serves as a perfect destination with its serene setting and beautiful lush gardens. The architecture and layout evokes, and promotes a state of calmness. It’s truly an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city.
One of my favorite features of The Cloisters is the variety of ornate doors and doorways. The doors are all different in shape, size and purpose and I find great pleasure in examining their beauty. But this time around, my admiration turned to contemplation on the symbolism of doors. For one thing, doors are symbolically seen as passageways or accessories to transition. The beautiful doors made me think about life and how we are constantly passing from one phase to another. The widespread use and depictions of doors in literature, religion and mythology is a testament to its symbolic importance.
There’s so many great spots in the Tri-State area where one can find peace and quiet. The Cloisters is one of those places and it’s remarkable how one can delight in serenity within the craziness of New York City.
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