The best places to find peace are in nature, especially at the beach. Here are 7 places to find peace in Malibu.
I talk about meditation frequently on this blog. It is a huge part of my life, but it was an even bigger part of my recovery. Life is crazy, and I will admit that there are times when peaceful meditation is difficult, or even impossible, for me to do. When my mind is racing and my thoughts are filling up faster than I can breathe, I have to stop doing what I am doing and leave. Yes, I grab my keys and escape my home. When I need peace desperately, it takes only a drive to a park, hiking trail, or beach location for my mind to relax and my pounding thoughts to fade away. Enjoy these 7 Places to Find Peace in Malibu
The walk on this hike is fairly easy to the first waterfall, but you will have to climb a few rocks to reach the second. When you reach the top, the ocean, trees, and mountains are a part of the breathtaking view. If the water hasn’t dried up from the heat, the falls make nature’s music and will soothe you into a state of relaxation.
Here is Malibu’s most hidden gem, and it’s probably the most peaceful beach you can find. Its tranquility will ease your fears and worries, and a wave of calmness will wash over you. There is something about breathing in the ocean air and looking out over an endless blue expanse that makes me appreciate the beauty of living. It is a reminder that I often need and craved when I was going through my recovery process.
El Matador Beach
This is not your typical waves-and-sand beach, although there are plenty of both. Along the beach are massive rocks scattered everywhere, and that must scare off people because this beach is secluded. Listening to the water crash against the rocks and enjoying a sunset is almost too perfect for a day of finding peace.
Malibu Bluffs Park
This park has easy access and requires very little walking. I recommend coming right before sunset so you can catch the beautiful colors washing over the ocean. Bring a blanket and relax on the grass as kids play baseball and on a playground in the distance.
Solstice Canyon is, as its name might imply, a place of comfort and relief. A 30-foot waterfall runs year-round, and the hike through nature to get there is near perfection. Bring a water bottle and a few snacks, and sit near the waterfall for an hour or two while you enjoy a moment of pure peace.
Point Dume State Beach
This beach is an escape into nature, as it combines a nature preserve with a peaceful beach. There will be people scattered along the beach, but there is still plenty of room to find a spot for yourself. If you want more privacy, enjoy a small walk along some of the trails and breathe in the ocean air as you explore nature. One of the best parts about this beach is the wildlife everywhere! If I ever need a moment to appreciate life, it helps to see animals, and you can almost always spot dolphins swimming in the distance here.
The Grotto is a unique hike down a mountain that takes you to a very peaceful location. Although it is easy to get down, there are spots where climbing through boulders is required, but it only adds to the experience. When you reach The Grotto, you will find an area that has a small waterfall into a stream of water. You can sit down right next to the fall and listen to the peaceful sound of spraying water while feeling the cool breeze blow off the water. It is places like The Grotto that make recovery an enjoyable experience as you relax and reflect on your life and future goals.
Photo by Clinton Steeds (Flickr): https://www.flickr.com/photo.gne?short=55R8i