One major reason for my love of Vermont was that my daily environment was so soothing, centering, relaxing... my home, my commute and my workplace were all incredibly beautiful and peaceful. That did a great deal to sustain me during the last two years when my life was stressful in other days.
I don't have that here. Our apartment isn't bad, but there's no acre of land, and no river out back, nor deck and bird feeders. My new workplace/church is quite uninspired architecturally, and tends towards cluttery. And while there are beautiful spots along my commute, mostly it's urban and definitely not soothing.
Recently at a craft show I encountered Cynthia Schmidt and her "cranky cats."
I treated myself to several of her notecards; and though cranky or scared cats are her trademark, I realized when I got home that I had chosen the few contemplative, peaceful images in the collection. My deep reaction to the pretty little cards made me realize how much I miss that peaceful surrounding. So I framed up my two favorites, and created a little meditation spot on my dresser. There's also a rose fashioned out of thin metal, my "Buddha board" and a teacup of water. (The board is fun-- you paint on it with water, and the painting fades away within a few minutes. I sketch or scribble something every morning while I'm getting dressed.)