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?
Whether it’s love, good health, a solid relationship, serenity, freedom, a title, respect, or a certain number in the bank or on the scale - anything you chase will always be outside of you.
Apart from you.
A Perpetual Separation.
The energy of chasing by nature keeps you in pursuit and the desired "thing" running away from you. This creates more resistance & frustration and actually widens the gap between you and what you want.