July 7, 2016
I think by now most of you know that this is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the green. I love the sun. I love the rain. I love the buzzing bees and the cheery songbirds. I love the whole idea of summertime when “the livin’ is easy!”
When I was a kid, we used to take a family vacation almost every year, often to spend a week at the ocean in San Diego. And three WHOLE MONTHS of no school – how cool was that?!
I was sad when I realized as I grew older that not everyone gets to take vacations. Even harder to understand was that some people actually choose not to!
Vacations can be deeply restorative… a time to just play. A time to laugh. A time to get away. The dictionary says the early definition was “freedom or release from duty, business, or activity.”
Every spiritual tradition has some form of honoring the “sabbath.” Taking intentional time off. Being in Love. NOT WORKING!!!
Taking vacation time is an important spiritual practice. It certainly doesn’t have to be in the summer (I think some kind of break every season is healthy). It doesn’t even have to be long, and you don’t have to go anywhere, as long as you know how to be at home without working.
Vacation is a real “pause that refreshes.” See you for some refreshment on Sunday, I hope. 🙂
PS – Milton Burle said, “Laughter is an instant vacation.”