We are quickly approaching the time of year when the mind turns to vacations and plans are solidified for going away. A time when we think that life is going to slow down and become more manageable.
The days are longer and warmer. The air smells of barbecues late in the day and the voices of children are heard.
It is time to unplug from all our electronic devices and enjoy the outside pleasures of summer. It is time to walk away from the 24/7 world and re-create ourselves.
Time away is meant to restore ourselves – to let the everyday stressors go and find the place in us that longs for rest. Many times, we come back from a ‘vacation’ and need a vacation from the vacation!
The rest and restoration that I am contemplating can happen at any time, not just the summer months. It is time away even for an hour or two that enables our soul to let go and be refreshed.
It is a time where we can use our imagination and think of different ways of ‘being’ in this hurly-burly world. It is time when we can contemplate the wonder of nature where we reside. A time to let our worries go and be open to the goodness of the universe.
Whether you believe in a higher being, or God or the Great Creator, you need time to find your connection point and nurture this relationship.
I have always liked to walk, especially on trails through forests and/or by bodies of water. I walk the upper bench loop at the Hydro campground all year around. it is amazing to walk among the trees and to hear the rush of the water below, the song of the birds and the smell of the forest – every season has its own smells and sounds.
It restores my soul and gives me a chance to take a deep breath, to let go of worries and ponder solutions to challenges in my life. It is my rest time, my re-set time.
Where is your rest and restore time?
Do you have a favourite place to walk or hike?
Is it a chair in your garden where you are surrounded by beauty?
Do you take time to restore your soul not just on a yearly vacation but at some time every day?
Perhaps restoring the soul is something to ponder while on vacation.