another feature of places in which we live might be those things that keep you sane. in the everyday hub-bub it's easy to lose your center. you need a place to go or thing to do that returns you to that center. maybe a walk in the woods, a quiet paddle in a pond. or maybe an artistic impression. a painting, a musical performance, a piece of architecture (landscape or otherwise).
i have a number of such places that, well it'd be overdoing maybe to call it sacred, but on second thought, no i wouldn't be. there's the overlook over the st marys river on the short ski loop (see previous post), a particularly compelling scene in the woods i often hike through, the feeling of a morning paddle in a small lake. picture warm lake + cool morning air making a mist, picture sun slanting through the surrounding forest and that forest reflecting in the still pond. that kind of thing.
what's your centering place/activity?