The weekly photo challenge, spoke volumes to me. As parents we give all that we have to our children. Life is a struggle at times especially if we seek any kind of peace in our day. We all need the gift of serenity at some point, to sooth the nervous system and slow the active mind. A place where we can nurture the self with hopes and dreams. To give the body a recharge and thus share the better parts of ourselves with little people in our lives when we return.
I thought about a place of escape, my dear friend offered up her houseboat for some catch up time and recreation last spring. My daughter and I enjoyed the simple pleasures of home-made pizza warmed on a barbecue, kayaking across the lake, fishing with no bait, a bush walk and fish and chips on the deck for dinner. My friend and her daughter were the perfect hosts and we felt blessed at such an invitation, a unique haven. Sipping wine and simply watching the sunset was revitalising to say the least.
To describe the peace is to smell the salty air, feel the soft breeze on your cheek and enjoy the feeling of the gentle sway, that only floating on water can give. This escape calmed a tired worn out, over forties mother. Question to myself, how did I let it get to THIS point, the end of my emotional tether? It is only when you stop, breathe and take a look inside that you realise you are destroying your nervous system, creativity, resilience and general health if you don’t stop and recharge. Meditation for me is observing nature.
These pictures I captured, after waking early to the squeals of seabirds and the shear stillness of the morning. I felt alive and appreciative of just being there. The birds are my peace, I find beauty even in the common seagull. Savouring those moments I can reach for them in the depths of my mind and enjoy the feelings of quiet over and over again.
Since this trip I have made a conscious effort, be aware of what I am doing to my mind and body, I know I am a better parent when I give myself ME time! This may be a quiet walk, on a cold morning, with only the birds singing their morning song, for company. Yet I know since taking that time, I have so much MORE to give my family. Sometimes we need to be selfish, so that we may continue to flourish, nurture and love one an other.
Please share with me your secrets, the places you escape to? We only have one life and it seems, we try to cram far too may things into it when all we need to do is stop and yes take in a new day, be thankful and remember to find that peace.