Now that I’ve been “back in real life” for a couple of weeks, I have a few insights I’d like to share.
I feel the 5 weeks I spent in CA were so cathartic in so many ways. As adults, we have so few opportunities to really unplug from just about everything. Even a 2-week vacation, while refreshing, isn’t enough some times. I had a lovely little cottage to stay in, all by myself for about 5 weeks. The La Cresta community, in the foothills outside Murrieta, CA, is idyllic. I had the Cleveland State Park 2 miles one direction from my front door, the 8,000-acre Santa Rosa Plateau the other direction 2 miles, and my horse another direction 2 miles. If I wasn’t at the stable riding or spending time with my horse, I was hiking or mountain biking in one of these locations. La Cresta also has miles of dedicated equestrian trails that I walked on.
It took about 2 weeks to really unwind enough to enjoy my solitude and “nest” as I called it. I realized I had the time and desire to just sit, meditate or sit and think. What a luxury! It ‘s a time to really take stock of your life, goals, achievements, what brings you joy, etc. It was also a time to just immerse myself in one of my joys and passions – my riding. I don’t think I’ve had this lack of responsibility to others, my job, family, friends etc. since being on summer break as a kid.
While I absolutely loved this time, I also realized I missed my friends, my job, my routine etc. We need to know what we don’t like and want, to know what we do want and like. It’s then that we can direct our attention and energy to creating what we do want and like. Contrast, as such, is important. It reinforces what is desired versus what isn’t. Often times, I feel I get so caught up in doing, doing, doing, that I forget and don’t allow myself to just BE. What a wonderful feeling it is. To feel so confident, safe and joyful in the life you’ve created and continue to create is so empowering and yet brings such peace. It allowed me to embrace my gratitude in humility and joy.
Now my goal is to be able to find that quiet, peaceful, confident place amidst all the chaos of “real life”. So far, so good. I find myself getting caught up in day to day events but am finding time to reflect and re-center myself. I’ll keep you posted.