On today's show, I am going to fill you in on some tips on how to meditate on vacation and, more importantly, why vacation is an excellent time to strengthen your practice. And I am proving this because I am relaxed and productive recording while I am on vacation! The best part is that when your vacation is over, you will find that your meditation practice helps you keep that vacation feeling alive and not send you home counting the days until the next vacation.
In my first episode, "Ten Reasons Why You Can't Meditate," I mentioned how many of my students say they want to begin their practice on vacation when they have more time, and I call BS on it every time. If this doesn't apply to you, fantastic, but I think it is safe to say that for MANY, vacation is a happy but busy time. So precious that you don't want to miss a minute of it, so meditating takes a back seat. You might think, I am so happy right now that I can take some time off meditating because, well heck I am happy, I don’t need meditation.
Join me on this mini-podcast vacation and allow me a few minutes to change that vacation meditation thought process.
As I create and record this podcast, I am actually on vacation in Port Clyde, Maine celebrating our first wedding Anniversary. We were married last year at the Marshall Point Lighthouse, which, we didn't know at the time, was where Forrest Gump finished his epic cross-country run. Thankfully my husband stayed for the “I do’s” and didn’t tap the lighthouse, turn around and start to run back to the West Coast.
We also didn’t realize that in our cool cabin on the St George River (in Maine they call them camps, but I say if it has running water and electricity, it's a cabin) had no internet and no cell service. We weren't quite aiming for this much disconnection from the world. I totally thought at least I would have service in my Podcast Mobile, "known as the Tator Mobile," which supposedly has unlimited wifi! I am sad my internet provider appears not to have the same love of Maine as I do.
BUT it has given us lots of what we all need – total disconnect. At least until we really need a few minutes of world contact, then we get to go to the adorable local library and use their internet. We now know that we love libraries and commit to finding ours when we get home.
Let’s start with reasons that people have told me that they find meditating on vacation is hard:
Now I said I was glad that we were disconnecting, right? And here I am writing and recording two podcasts today. So that doesn't sound like a disconnection from work, right? Well first, I don't really consider my job work because I LOVE it. However, it still is work, and I do know that I need to get away from it because if I do when I get back, I am so much more invigorated and ready to take on all kinds of stuff. BUT it just so happened that after my morning meditation, I felt so amazing, rested, joyful, and clear that sitting down to flesh out a few shows felt like total fun, not work at all. AND this topic became beyond evident on day 5 of our vacation.
BUT don’t worry as soon as I am done writing I will be off for a walk and then hitting The Odd Alewives Brewery at 4 pm and continuing to hunt for more lobster roll overdose. A new blissful version of work hard, play hard.
So if my meditation can help my workflow clear and easy, then why not have my meditation make my vacation flow clear and easy?
My Top Ten Reasons on why to meditate on vacation:
Come on - you DO have 5 minutes. You do.
Things on vacations worth noting. Refugee Camps, people in India, Monks in Thai Land – put judgment away and enjoy and learn in the present moment of your holiday.
Now that I have hopefully convinced you to not leave your practice out of your suitcase, here are a few tips to make it easy and fun:
Meditating outside is great. Our big porch here is fantastic, but the outdoors comes with added interruptions, so remember:
Thanks for joining me, and I hope your next vacation journey includes daily quiet meditation time, and I hope after your vacation, you find that meditation can serve as your daily vacation break!
Wedding 2018/Anniversary 2019 :)