What does it mean to be human? To exist in this world, to experience life, and to have consciousness of oneself and one's surroundings?
The "art of being" is a concept that encompasses all of these questions and more. It is the practice of living in a way that is mindful, aware, and connected to all aspects of life - from the psychological to the spiritual, and from the natural to the holistic. Let's explore the art of being in more depth and offer insights into how we can all become more conscious and intentional in our daily lives here in beautiful Eureka Springs, Arkansas and the surrounds.
Nestled here in the Ozark Mountains, our delightful Eureka Springs is a charming and picturesque town that draws visitors from around the world. We are known for our rich history, vibrant arts scene, and breathtaking natural beauty and we're the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature.
In other words, Eureka! You Found it! ... and it's the perfect place to, "just be."
Eureka Springs has a rich and fascinating history that is still evident in its architecture, art, and culture. The town was founded in the late 19th century as a health resort, thanks to the supposed healing powers of the town's numerous natural springs. Wealthy visitors flocked to Eureka Springs to take the waters and enjoy the town's luxurious amenities, including grand hotels, motels, spas, and bathhouses.
Today, many of these historic buildings have been lovingly restored and preserved, and visitors can still experience the elegance and charm of Eureka Springs' past. One of the most iconic landmarks in town is the Crescent Hotel, a stunning 19th-century hotel that has been beautifully restored and is now a popular destination for visitors far and wide.
In addition to its history, Eureka Springs is also known for its vibrant arts scene. The town is home to numerous galleries, studios, and workshops, where visitors can see the work of local artists and craftsmen. From paintings and sculptures to pottery and jewelry, there is something for every art lover in Eureka Springs.
The psychological aspect of being refers to our mental and emotional states, which are integral parts of our overall well-being. To be psychologically healthy, we must be aware of our thoughts, emotions and the stunning natural beauty all around us.
Learning to manage our thoughts and emotions effectively involves developing skills like mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and fully engaged in what we are doing, without judgment or distraction. It involves paying attention to our thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and surroundings.
Of course, one of the main draws of Eureka Springs is its stunning natural beauty. The town is surrounded by the Ozark Mountains, which offer endless opportunities for hiking, fishing, and outdoor adventure.
One of the most popular natural attractions in Eureka Springs is the Blue Spring Heritage Center, a beautiful park that features a stunning blue spring, native plants and wildlife, and several hiking trails. Visitors can take a guided tour of the park, explore on their own, or simply relax, emotionally regulate and take in the breathtaking scenery.
"Emotional regulation is the ability to manage our emotions in a healthy and adaptive way. This involves recognizing and accepting our emotions, rather than suppressing or avoiding them. We can then learn to regulate our emotional responses through techniques like deep breathing, relaxation, and cognitive reframing."
Another must-see natural wonder in Eureka Springs is Thorncrown Chapel, a stunning glass chapel that is surrounded by the forest. Designed by architect E. Fay Jones, Thorncrown Chapel is a masterpiece of design and engineering, and a true testament to the beauty and power of cognitive reframing. Your whole perspective of nature changes from inside this nearly all-glass chapel in the woods.
Thorncrown Chapel is also the perfect destination to visit for a session of emotional regulation and a connection to our spirituality. One way to cultivate spirituality is through practices like meditation, prayer, or mindfulness. These practices can help us connect with our inner selves and tap into a deeper sense of awareness and intuition. They can also help us cultivate qualities like compassion, gratitude, and forgiveness, which can enhance our relationships with others and bring greater joy and happiness to our lives.
Visit Thorncrown. Just walk in. Simply sit for a while and be grateful for all that you have and all that is around you. You'll likely walk out feeling lighter, happier and more joyful.
One of the most popular outdoor activities in Eureka Springs is kayaking or canoeing.
The White River and Kings River offer stunning scenery, crystal-clear water, and plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Visitors can rent kayaks or canoes and explore on their own, or take a guided tour with one of the many outfitters in the area.
For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, the Buffalo National River is 135 miles long and is one of the few remaining area rivers without dams. The Buffalo National River flows through massive limestone bluffs traveling east into the White River.
The Buffalo is also well suited for all types of water activities. You can find whitewater in the upper stretches, or just canoe down other stretches if you want quiet solitude. Bring your own canoe or make arrangements to rent a canoe, kayak, johnboat or raft from one of the park's many concessioners.
The Buffalo National River is a favorite float stream in part because of its outstanding water clarity.
Did you know that an adult mussel filters up to eight gallons of water a day? That said, the park has reintroduced native mussels thus restoring native mussel beds which has kept the river clear for longer periods of time and has improved fishing for smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Fishing is one of the most peaceful, mindful, "being" activities practiced here in Arkansas.
Finally, no trip to Eureka Springs would be complete without some rest and relaxation. After a long day of exploring, hiking, or adventuring, unwind and rejuvenate at one of the town's many spas or bathhouses, like The Palace Hotel and Bathhouse on Spring Street.
This luxurious and historic spa was originally built in 1901 and they're extremely proud of its rich heritage because The Palace is the last of the original Eureka Springs bath houses still in operation today -- over 120 years later.
It is truly something to experience in Eureka. Go on, retreat yourself!
As a local, being here in Eureka has taught me to love and appreciate nature.
Nature has a way of reminding us of our place in the world and connecting us to the larger circle of life cycles. Spending time in nature can be a source of awe and wonder, and can help us develop a deeper appreciation for all that is around us every day.
Sure, we are all imperfect human beings, we know this, but through the "art of being," we can learn a lot more about ourselves, how to be more accepting of ourselves and how to develop greater resilience and grit to flourish and appreciate this beautiful life.