Saturday, December 18, 2010

islands away from life

For an incredibly visual person, such as myself, being in Antigua is so psychologically symbolic as I have a clear picture in my head of being on a tiny island in the middle of the Caribbean sea, totally separated from my home continent. It is as if I can barely recall my daily routines, concerns, or thoughts, because I am so far removed from them. I am left with a quiet peace so close to a never-ending meditative state.

Right now, I can't be reached by anyone I know, I can't run into reminders of anything familiar, I can't attend to any of my pressing obligations. I suppose that is a true vacation from life, something I do not experience very often. My husband and I travel regularly, and are always off on a long road trip or weekend away, but we rarely "vacate" our lives. Our love of adventure pulls us toward active vacations and experiences, rather than enjoying a span of days without planning, schedules, telephones or clocks. The only time I experience this true sense of "vacation" is during our hikes on quiet mountains or at the end of a soothing yoga practice.

We all need moments of vacation to recharge, gain perspective and savor life. And you don't need to travel all the way to Antigua to enjoy that. A simple half hour in the bathtub with the lights off or a walk in nature can provide you with the pause from life we all need, but rarely take. I remind you today to take a break, even from the activities you enjoy. Take some time to be inactive and filled with silence.

Today's Etsy Picks: Island treats, vacation dreams, and relaxation inducers.

Lavender and Flax Eye Pillow by Ophelia's Apoth.e.cary

Meditation Bath Salts with Rose Petals by Thy Local Organic Pagan

Coconut Isle Cold Process Soap by Lippincott Soap Co.

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