Ahh, the beach and my little man! Vacations are such a gift, but I’m always happy to arrive home. As I reflect while unpacking, I feel nothing but gratitude for the tremendous insights gained this past week, looking inward by the ocean.
Prior to our trip, I fortunately remembered to pack (and over-pack) everything for our first vacation with baby. The one thing I did manage to forget was my phone. Honestly, I panicked a bit when I realized I had forgotten it and watched my mind quickly list all the things I would miss without it.
As I witnessed the stream of fear and disarray, I quickly turned that negative stream of thought around. I made peace with the fact that I couldn’t change this situation and accepted it fully. I even thought it may not be that bad to truly take a vacation from my phone.
In fact, it was liberating, especially when I noticed other people on their mobile devices. I witnessed most individuals missing the beauty before them—desperate for connection—ignoring what was already within their reach.
Though I use my phone mostly for work, some days, I feel a little dependent on it. I’m so grateful for the technology but also a bit overwhelmed sometimes. There are so many ways to reach people and at times, I feel bombarded.
Without that technology this week, I felt like I had been given a gift. I saw life again through my eyes rather than the eyes of my mobile device. I found bliss being present with the stunning world around me, witnessing my life unfold one peaceful moment at a time—truly the purpose of life.
Yoga and meditation on the beach were sweeter.
Ocean walks with loved ones were more precious.
Time with my family was heaven on earth.
I was warm in the sun, loving every minute of living, free from distraction.