This morning I helped load Teri's bags into the back of Kathy's Prius for their road trip to Southern California. Kathy will be attending the Trust Birth Conference over the weekend, while Teri spends some time at the beach soaking up the sun and breathing in the ocean air. They've been planning this trip for a few weeks and there were a couple times where it looked like things weren't going to come together to allow it to happen. Finances are always tight in the Read household late February so we weren't sure we would be able to swing it. On the 5th of March I received my paycheck and was astonished to find that an extra amount had been deposited. Turns out that the company paid out performance bonuses to all employees. The amazing thing is that the amount (after taxes) was exactly the amount we were short to be able to afford this trip. Teri and I took it as a sign that the trip was meant to be.
Last night Teri turned to me and said, "thank you for letting me go on this trip". I simply replied you don't need to thank me. I can't imagine preventing someone you love from going on a trip of self-renewal. The Ocean calls to Teri on a soul level and I would never place my selfish desires to have her near me over her need to be recharged.
This finally brings me to the purpose of this post. Self Meditation comes in many flavors to different people. If I may be so bold as to speak for Teri, it comes in the form of spending time on the beach, being surrounded by the salty air, soaking in the sun and listening to the waves crashing in on the sandy beach. For me it comes in a couple ways, playing video games is my most common outlet for disconnecting from the world, but that's only because it's easy and convenient. The important thing I need to remember is to reconnect when I'm done. :)
In our modern world, disconnecting from day to day life and tasks is frowned upon. We as a society are constantly on the go and don't stop till our head hits the pillow much later at night than it should. I like to think of our need to meditate much like a car battery needs regular charging to prolong its life. If you let your car sit unused for weeks or months on end, the battery will die from a slow drain from various electrical draws. The longer it stays dead the longer it takes charge it back up. If we as a people could take the time to regularly charge up our batteries, we wouldn't have nearly as many health issues as a whole. Taking short little breaks now and then to do something for yourself is not selfish. By doing small things such as spending some personal quiet time, reading a book, taking a hike, playing a video game, painting, drawing, etc., we allow ourselves to disconnect from day to day pressures that over time degrade our personal health. This pause allows us to reengage our tasks with renewed energy and purpose.
Take some time today to think about what it is that you find relaxing and enjoyable, then find some time to do it! It doesn't have to be a big planned ordeal, just do it.
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