Last night after work I headed out to the beach, initially to avoid surfing the internet but also to get a better look at the moon. Although I adore my job, it can be exhausting. After a long day of talking to my coworkers, customers and running around creating smoothies, juices and cleaning, all I want to do is unwind and ground myself again. Sometimes I want to binge on bad TV shows with a pint of Phish Food because that requires negative brain function and happy sugar rushes. But I'm in the business of holistic health so I try to switch this thinking. When I don't know what I want to do after I get off work, recently I'll escape to the sand and ocean. It's my "stop everything and just be" break. My chance to reconnect with what I want and what is happening in my life. To appreciate everything, good or bad that is going on around me.
So here I'm sitting staring out at the nearly full moon, breathing in the wet, salty air and feeling the damp breeze in my hair. I listen to the chatter of people walking around and the seagulls hovering above the glistening water. I close my eyes to take it all in. I relax my mind and my body so I can receive all the feels. I open my eyes and the moon looks even bigger and brighter. I see it's golden specks flickering on the water's surface, mixing with the dark blue of dusk and warm shades of sun-setting pink and red.
This is my preferred meditation.
While I'm noticing all of this, I observe how I'm feeling. What is surfacing in this moment? What's truly important or relevant to my life right now? What can I learn in this moment? How can I enhance this feeling even more?
These are a few of the thoughts that came to me.
Gazing out into the vastness, this is what I feel: Connection. Maybe it is the full moon, the people sitting around me, or my own vibration. It doesn't matter. In this moment we are all connected. We are one with our gorgeous, heavenly surroundings, the people and things we interact with, and most importantly, our hearts and mind. We are all of it. You and I are the same. We are the ocean, sky and everything in between.
When I feel this power, I honestly believe I can do anything. That's because I can. And so can you.
So try this. You don't need to live near the beach. When you get off work today, go to place in nature that gives you peace. Maybe it's a bench in a park, some rocks along a river, or even your backyard. Just get out and observe the space surrounding you. Embrace it's power and maybe ask yourself these questions I reflected on above. Take in all the feels. Share your thoughts with a friend or your journal. I would love to hear how it goes if you would like to share with me.