It never fails to works its magic. I am at my most content in these woods, away from manmade noise and artificial constraints, right in the centre, off the track. It is here I feel most at home.
It doesn't matter what is going on in the world, what craziness and sadness and busyness there is - a few steps off the track and it's all good, there is zen-like peace to be found out here. The trees stretch heavenward like columns of mighty cathedrals and everything is mindful, aware.
"Mummy, I LOVE this forest... I feel so calm here". I know what you mean, little man. I know exactly what you mean.
Sometimes you have to get off the beaten track to find the right path.