Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope your holiday is off to a good start.
I came home from work today on my first “Summer Friday” of the year, put my bathing suit on, packed my bag, and headed to the park. As I sat on the grassy lawn this afternoon, I found myself doing multiple things, yet not focusing on any of them.
Music was playing in my headphones. I had my journal out, three card decks, two colored pens, and a smaller journal. To top it off, I had taken a picture with my Camera Plus app, but also recorded several Instagram stories. I moved between app to app, journal to journal, pen to pen, song to song.
I spotted a guy across the park who I chatted with a few days ago. He was walking his sister’s dog and talking with a group of other people with dogs. As the dogs ran around the lawn and I squinted to see if I recognized anyone across the field, my water bottle spilled, got all over my yoga mat (I even had the intention of meditating and stretching), and got the butt of my bathing suit wet.
I was thirsty, too.
Nevertheless, I actually rolled my eyes at myself. How could I even talk about being a mindful person if I can’t even focus on one thing on a holiday break? It was time to relax, yet I’ve been programmed to go-go-go. Society does that to us- but we don’t have to go with it.
Time for a swift mindfulness kick in the butt (but not a spilled Swell bottle this time).
I thought about what I could do to re-set. Meditation? I do that every day already. Exercise? Yeah, that too. Skip the coffee? Oh no, I won’t go that far.
However, one thing did come to mind:
I’ll shut my phone off on Saturday.
With three days off and a beautiful forecast in store, why not spend one of them outside, curled up with a book, writing, creating, or just being?
I’m hoping a little time away from my phone will help calm me down, make me realize not everything has to be done right now, and to appreciate the beauty all around me in the current moment.
We all need a re-set from time to time, so don’t be afraid of indulging in a good dose of self care. You deserve it!