“Being outside can help you get in touch with what’s inside you.” ~~Doreen Virtue
Recently I was on vacation to visit family. I made the decision to disconnect, for the most part, from technology while I was on vacation. In doing so I learned a few things about myself. First of all, I learned that being disconnected from technology leads to much more enriching connections with those people who are important to me. My interactions with my family and friends were truly enjoyable. I paid close attention to what they were saying and not saying. I rediscovered that I need time away from technology to re-energize and reconnect. Once I got back home and got reconnected to technology, I noticed that my energy shifted in the wrong direction.
The second thing I learned about myself is that being in the present moment without expectations brings me joy and peace. I had few commitments on vacation and just went with the flow, staying in the moment to soak up all that was there. I realized that this is where I want to be—in the moment without expectations. There was a point in my vacation when I placed expectations on myself and those around me, I noticed that I became moodier and felt less connected to myself and those around me. I was more concerned with meeting expectations than interacting and connecting with others.
The third thing I learned about myself is that when I am out in nature, I really feel connected to the world around me. While out in nature, I get to spend time with me and, for the most part, I like me. Being outside helps me to concentrate on being grounded, being authentic, and being who I am meant to me.
And the last thing I learned about myself while I was on vacation is that my anxiety level raises substantially when I get back to “life as I know it”. My life is busy with all sorts of commitments that may or may not be what is best for me.
So, as a result of this vacation experience I resolve to:
- Disconnect from technology for three days at least once a month
- Live with full attention and intention
- Be in the present moment as much as possible
- Be true to myself no matter what
- Avoid making judgments and placing expectations upon myself and others
- Choose commitments wisely