Rest and Relaxation With the Stillness

Greetings from Maine! If you are one of the many people who haven’t been here, it’s well worth the price of admission. I’ve been out of school for a couple weeks, so I’ve had time to destress before this, but the stillness of Maine really helped with the reset.

It’s been a stark reminder of what stillness is and what it isn’t. So often, when I think of stillness, I just mean a lack of motion. Even if I go beyond thinking of it in purely physical terms, I still lean into being idle and not doing anything. Here, though, I’ve gone sailing, spent time with friends, eaten fresh seafood, and other random things, but I’ve been more still than anytime in recent memory.

Honestly, this is what vacations are for. Not simply running away from or leaving behind our normal lives, but refocusing us. As my time away from Arizona comes to its close, I have to find ways to incorporate the blessings I’m noticing into my ordinary, daily routines.

I’m enjoying the mental and physical stillness that is a break from the hustle and bustle, from the mindless habits that clutter my day. I am still, not because there is a lack of activity, but because I am letting myself be present in the moment. Whether you’re on vacation or not, make a point today of entering the stillness of the present moment and appreciate it for the gift it is.

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