It's Labor Day holiday and I'm vacationing at the beach. Sitting on the sand in my little fold-up chair, under an umbrella; the waves rhythmically lap the shore with a soft sound. Two white and grey gulls keep me company, and we eye each other. It's so peaceful. No one else on the beach.
A soft breeze caresses my face as I gaze at the water that stretches out beyond sight. Feeling the warmth of the sun, seeing the beauty of the sea and hearing the peaceful, flowing sounds is so calming, so restful. It reminds me of meditation.
It's wonderful to take a vacation like this, and, if fortunate, sometimes I'm able to do so. But really, I need vacations like this more than a few times a year to stay sane and healthy. Fortunately, I can have a similar vacation, without expense, travel, and time off from work, with meditation.
One of the beauties of meditation is that it provides rest and relaxation whenever needed. Sitting, with body relaxed, my awareness focused on the waves of breath flowing in and out of the body while peering into the endless sea of mind. The sound of the mantra flows over and over, leading my mind deeper and deeper into silence. Even the gulls show up in meditation, in the form of thoughts or emotions I can simply watch, get to know, befriend yet keep detached from.
Both outer and inner vacations are lovely. Yet the inner one touches something even deeper within me, bringing with it increased lovingness and joy. May you grant yourself such a divine inner vacation daily.