The Waves and Just Being

first beach

I’ve spent my 2 recent vacations this summer, in a torpor. Nary a dust bunny disappeared, weeds continued unhindered around the garden and I barely wrote a word here or anywhere. I simply read and watched the birds. Of course all the while beating myself up for being unproductive since there is so much that needs doing and I rarely have enough time in my usual day-to-day to do it all.

umbrella

R rescued me from this cloud of guilt by sweeping me off to the beach for a few days. What’s there to do but watch and sometimes venture into waves? We spent hours with our toes in the sand, barely speaking a word, only smiling at each other between reading, dozing, people watching and dreaming. Bliss.

beach with people

Although I brought my computer with a vague notion I might wake early and write, I did not. I barely checked my time-sucking phone for tweets and updates I really didn’t need or want. Staring at the sea and the parade of tattoo covered skin (is there anyone left on the planet who doesn’t have ink?) for hours on end was a bit like getting my mental hard-drive cleaned, the constant roar of waves washing away everything. I read and read and read, bathing in the breezes, the waves, the sun. I did something I haven’t done for years: I had a short and very sweet actual vacation.

beach grass and stones

I recently heard a radio interview on On Being with Social Psychologist Ellen Langer about mindfulness. When you have time, listen for some refreshing insight and inspiration. Langer speaks, in this great NY (I think) accent, about cultivating mindfulness in daily life through the simple act of just noticing things. This clicked with me since I seem to have a hard time maintaining a meditation routine for very long. Crazy these requirements I set up for myself of what I think I should be doing to get from A to B in my life. Do you do this? Are we crazy?

day waves

As I ready to return to work tomorrow, the sound of the waves still echo and that is enough.

night waves

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6 Responses to The Waves and Just Being

  1. Katherine says:

    Lovely reminder … Thanks and so happy you allowed yourself to just “be”. Katherine

  2. Tricia says:

    Thank you for reading, Katherine, and letting me know!

  3. Sheila donohue says:

    It makes me smile just to think of the two of you enjoying a peaceful, restful time together. Love from your aunt who is a great believer in vacations. Sheila

  4. Ditto to what Katherine wrote. I hope your return to work is a relaxed and happy one, thanks to having had an actual vacation!!

  5. I feel completely relaxed simply by reading your description of being at the beach!

  6. Lea Sylvestro says:

    Loved this: the images, photographs, reminders to notice, and the joy of your escape from mind chatter and to-dos. XO

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