Vacations are awesome right? Stress melts away as deadlines and calls and commutes dissolve. Time slows down, weights are lifted, life's natural rhythms return.
Taking a week off of work every month to go on vacation may not be practical, but you can cultivate that feeling of mental lightness right in your own backyard without booking a ticket or driving hours away.
This week, take some time to create a daily vacation for yourself - something you truly enjoy and look forward to. This time should be different than a morning or nighttime routine, which is more structured and purposeful.
This 15-30 minute (or more if you can swing it) daycation should be a luxurious getaway from the monotony of life. Maybe it's enjoying a cup of tea outside with the sunrise or a glass of champagne at sunset. Maybe it's escaping to a coffee shop to read a few chapters of your favorite book or eating your lunch by the water, or lighting some candles and writing. Maybe it's pouring a glass of wine and listening to music really loudly when no one else is home or luxurious gentle stretching right before bed. Maybe it's an evening bike ride or taking a walk in nature or a nightly bath with aromatherapy. This time should be reserved for the things that truly uplift your heart and spirit.
This routine does not have to be the same every day - the intention is to build a sense of freedom, so do what intuitively feels right for you. Most mornings, I sit outside on the deck underneath a big, beautiful tree with hot tea and my journal and watch the animals play and the sun rise. But sometimes I sleep in. Sometimes I have meetings. Sometimes the kids have to be at school early. If that's the case - I try to catch sunset on the deck instead. That area is my sacred space and I love the feeling of comfort and escape that it provides.
Do you have a backyard getaway or neighborhood coffee shop you can go to when you're feeling overwhelmed or need a mental time-out? How do you create mental freedom for yourself?
Do you have the capacity to receive AND hold on to what you think you want?
Let’s try it – how does it feel in your body to imagine inviting a loving, healthy relationship into your life?
Where do you feel this in your body? What sensations do you feel when you imagine this? How does it feel – expansive or constricting? Do you feel a sense of lightness at the prospect of sharing your life with a supportive partner, or does the thought of this agitate you because your nervous system is used to chaotic relationships? Did you have to self-soothe as a child so now the thought of living with someone else makes you anxious because you are truly most comfortable alone?
Tomorrow marks the Fall Equinox and signifies one of two days out of the year (the other being the Spring or 'Vernal' Equinox) when day and night are almost exactly equal lengths and the entire planet is most in balance.
Taking our queue from Nature's rhythms, this week is the optimal time to examine balance in our lives.