At this time of year, there is often much excited discussion about where everyone is spending their summer vacations.
As would be expected, each person has very different directions and agendas in mind. Some are excited about a big city adventure, or flying to another country, while others desire the solitude of a book on a nearby beach.
Regardless of the location or activity we choose, we all share the common need for taking a break and giving ourselves some breathing room from our everyday routines and the busy activities we are usually engaged in.
I don’t think there is a wrong way to spend our time off except for becoming overwhelmed with the details.
Ideally, living in vacation mode all year long, with regularly scheduled sources of enjoyment, would be a worthwhile adventure as well.
Where are your favorite vacation spots?
The Right Relationship Starts with You
Taking a timeout is usually reserved for children after misbehaving, who often find themselves facing a wall in the corner of a room in order to regroup and think about what they did.
In that context it is a punishment, however, in this setting, it is a pleasurable retreat from busy activities we are usually engaged in.
In the dictionary it is referred to as a period of time when we stop what we are usually doing, and rest or do something else instead.
That is music to my ears, as I take a brief time out from writing papers in my graduate course, and regroup with you to say hello.
It is always important to take a break and give ourselves some breathing room. Ahhh….
That said, what have you been up to, and where is your favorite place to meditate or take a breather?
A while ago, I had written a mindfulness mantra, and the meditation process listed below. Many reported that they found both to be very helpful. Meditation is also discussed on Day 4 of my 21 Day personal development guide.
No better time than the present to get started or recharge the habit. Candles and soft music are optional but are wonderful accompaniments!
- Find a quiet and peaceful place where you won’t be disturbed.
- Close your eyes and take several deep breaths.
- Breathe in good thoughts, soothing images, and peaceful outcomes.
- Breathe out tension, stress, anxiety and fear.
- Select a positive statement or series of statements such as, “I love my life,” “All is well,” or “Everything works out for my highest good.”
- Introduce those affirmations while you visualize a ball of light entering the top of your head and traveling down to the tips of your toes, spreading a healing energy throughout your body.
- Repeat this as many times as you need to clear away any unhelpful thoughts, or projections that cause an internal disturbance.
I am generous, I am kind,
and in complete control of my mind.
When negative thoughts try to lead me astray,
I focus on blessings I live with each day.
So grateful for choices, love, joy, and peace,
through prayer and meditation, these can only increase.
— Cathie Barash
What positive words, mantras or practices work best for you?
I’d like to share the following words of wisdom by best-selling author Cheryl Richardson, written for a struggling friend who needed love and compassion. My hope is that it provides comfort to those of you who feel in need of similar support as well.
Don’t worry, you’ll be okay
Slowing down is good
Wisdom simmers and steeps and grows with time
Stop pushing yourself
You are enough just as you are
There is no need to perform
Let life unfold
You have what it takes to handle anything
Good things come from patience, not pushing
Let space and time reveal something miraculous
Accept where you are
Stop the judgment and internal lectures
Just be here
Don’t run or think or eat or scheme
Return to yourself in this moment
Where life is perfect and peaceful and safe
Just take a deep breath and relax.