In 1977, after experiencing some tumultuous years, I decided to take "a road less traveled." I left the comforts of city life and moved to a primitive cabin in the woods of New Hampshire. What followed for the next few years was a transformation of spirit that renewed my faith and hope that I could be happy in this life. Confronting my demons through meditation, therapy, and mindfulness practice, I discovered that, yes, I could put aside the past and future, and, for precious moments, live in the present. I literally took a "breather" from the anxious world I left behind, finding healing in this intimate contact with nature. Eventually I left the cabin and returned to city life, needing more human contact than the woods could provide, but using my experience there to continue my close connection with nature. This is the story of that outer and inner journey.