On Jan 1 this year, we were in Ojai. Blessed by the stillness of the valley, I felt at home in my skin, in my heart, in my mind. Nowhere else do I feel like I feel in Ojai. In Ojai, life seems possible and easy, my heart rests, my steps are slower, my ears listen more, my skin feels everything. I ponderedd on that day -- "Will it always take so much?" (a flight, a rented home, a new place) for me to feel rested and relaxed? Does a peaceful state of mind come at such a premium? And if it does, it is really peaceful or something my mind manufactures because I am 'on vacation'.
How can I always be 'on vacation' in my mind? How can I feel rested and relaxed everyday, a few moments each day?
So, on Jan 1, 2013, I considered some simple daily practices that help me feel rested. Since then, I have journaled about them. And today, on my 39th birthday, I am living out my daily practices with care. Why such an overt effort? Because my daily "rhythms" and the "busy" life I lead with my busy, chattering mind, leaves no room for rest. I have to take an overt step to pause my passionate being.
My practices today include ...
... snuggling with Vehd, with no agenda to rush out of bed
... gazing out the window
... listening to music as I get ready for the day
... taking a walk; today its a special walk, amongst Cherry Blossom trees
... sketching and writing as reflective practices that support my work; maybe write a letter
... lunch with my sweetheart, perhaps a game of cards
... cooking for my family
... good conversation with friends
... journaling to close the day
Everday might not include every one of these practices but perhaps I am on my way to knowing how to be 'on vacation' no matter where I am.
Here's to a lovely birthday and every day hence!