This morning I decided to continue my quest for overall wellness. As a mom of a 16 month old baby girl, going on toddler; I am in need of some serious mommy R & R. So this morning my kind husband took Liv with him to visit his parents, while I was left with a few hours to recover from a night of wake-ups. Whenever I get a few hours to myself; I treasure each moment. It is really difficult to decide how best to use the time. In the past, any spare time I had, was to work on something, or to clean up. I rarely just relax. I am what some would call “type A”, a busy body, a go-getter. My mind is constantly on creative mode, scheming up new ideas, and setting personal and family goals. This multi-tasking, creative mind can be exhausting. Sometimes I just need a break from my own desire to create.
So as I began scheming over what my plan would be for this morning; I kept hearing my inner voice nudging me. It said ” the plan is no plan.” I quickly fought back with “There has got to be a plan, or a most effective way to use this time.” So I began filling out belated holiday greetings. After thirty minutes passed, I felt anxious to think of how I would spend the next hour. In my exhaustion, I began sipping the coffee more quickly. I hoped that the coffee would stimulate a creative idea, or awaken me to realize “the plan” for the morning. But it did not. So I made few phone calls and peered out the window of our hotel room.
Awhhh…The beauty and serenity of the beach. I decided in that moment to take a walk on the beach. My mind suddenly jumped to “What will you do while walking on the beach?” To which I replied, “Nothing.” Okay, I admit, I did bring my camera and cell phone (but only for emergencies). The camera was useful in capturing the beauty and mindfulness of the present moment(s).
The best part about the few hours was laying in a hammock, taking in the peaceful sound of birds chirping and hearing the ocean and wind chatter. I took long deep breaths and almost fell asleep. There were kids playing joyfully in the background. After leaving the hammock, I felt great inner peace and again realized the necessity of my continued search for increased health and wellness. Yoga, guided meditation and even a hammock calm a fast-paced mind.