Atop one of the grand rocky cliffs overlooking Diana’s Pool, the chaos of campus life seemingly disappears, like mist rising from the waterfall. Closing my eyes, I can hear nothing but the trickling stream below and the birds somewhere high up above. I have found a moment of bliss.
This semester has been hectic. Many students at UConn find themselves overcome with grades, projects and the stress of social life. So, on this particular Saturday, I sought serenity. Only 20 minutes from Storrs, in Chaplin, CT, is Diana’s Pool: A nature hike up to a small, but nonetheless stunning waterfall.
Traveling as a college student is tough, but I am reminded one need not go far to truly get away. The walk itself is only a short climb to a rocky perch. I stopped, taking on a seat on the edge with a perfect view of the little natural wonders.
Mindfulness is a concept that is prevalently talked about, yet still somewhat daunting and foreign-sounding. How does one truly become mindful of the world around them? Is it as simple as taking a quiet walk or studying a waterfall? The answer is still unclear to me, but at Diana’s Pool, I found serenity.
I was not the only one enjoying the sights and sounds; many four legged friends and their owners also came to explore the trail. Perhaps even Jonathan himself has visited before.
Continuing on, I trekked down to the water’s edge. Rolling up my jeans, I hopped from one stone to the next. Mesmerized, I looked around. I was completely surrounded by water, like a sandcastle in the middle of a mote. The breeze was gentle, whispering soft sounds of peace.
This is a nice reminder of one reason why we as a society travel: To breathe in new air and find new perspective.
If you take the drive to Diana’s Pool, I encourage you to put away your phone, turn off the music and simply listen. It is amazing what the world is telling those who take notice.
Kate Luongo is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.