Most of us have permanent homes but there are times when we all need shelter aside from our homes. A storm can come upon us suddenly or when it is very bright and hot we may need to get out of the sun for a while. Unless we’re travelling in unpopulated area we can generally find some kind of shelter from the elements. But there can be times when we need shelter from our own selves, when we are blinded to the consequences of we’re doing or when we’ve stumbled unthinkingly into a trying or ridiculous situation. We may not need protection, but only to take cover from the strengths of our convictions and stop to chart our path once again or redirect our energy. Although at times this may mean using some kind of physical shelter, generally the shelter we need to regroup consists of others who can help by being sounding boards or by giving us rest by just being there and listening to us spout nothing very consequential. Shelter from our thoughts and actions may involve sleep or heavy exercise or meditation or burying oneself in a book. This kind of shelter is every bit as important as a roof over your head since we cannot go on and on and on without time to allow a change in direction or affirmation of the directions we are already taking. It is imperative that each of us feel that it is fine to take shelter when it is needed, or even when it is merely desirable, so that we can face life more easily and comfotably and make rational decisions. Isn’t taking shelter a rational way of dealing with stress?