Sounds like a BAD infomercial doesn’t it? With some poor actors, an attractive payment plan and some throw-ins I should be all set for my one hour production. 😀
In any case, I actually wanted to talk about the relaxing effect of vacations…and more importantly, their short lived nature.
I just returned from a tropical vacation in Mexico. It was wonderful! It included family time, snorkeling, swimming, sightseeing, shopping, food to mention just a few things.
It was so relaxing. Being away from the work life, seeing beautiful scenery and landscapes, taking things at our own pace was a nice change.
You would think that this calm would last atleast a week after the vacation right? Wrong!
It wore off by Monday afternoon…the first day after vacation! Well, circumstances were such that meetings and other deadlines fell close together, so there was really no time to ease into the work week.
So if the primary objective of vacation is to relax and rejuvenate, then why pay so much to travel so far (other than to see new places and enjoy warmer weather) just to find that “peace”? There are other options.
I have found meditation to have a much longer lasting effect of “Relax and Rejuvenate “. The best part…it doesn’t cost you a dime!!
There are many forms of meditation…not just the stereotypical case of a sage sitting on the top of a hill in a cross-legged pose and reciting some mantra! It could be as simple as:
- Closing your eyes and observing your breathing
- Observing your steps as you walk to a destination (and I don’t mean using your pedometer)
- Listening to music
- Sitting in a park and listening to the sounds of nature (and sometimes city life)
So when your next vacation is not around the corner, consider some of these FREE vacation-like options.
There are no toll free numbers to call either. It’s all up to you!