I just spent six days lounging by a pool in the Arizona sun. One of my sisters rented a house in Phoenix and invited me and our two other sisters to stay with her. All of my family live in central Canada and I live on the West Coast, so it was lovely to get together and relax away from our usual responsibilities.
Today is my first full day back, and my mind is returning to the feeling of the warmth of the sun on my body, draining the tension from me. I was conscious of the fact that I had accumulated way too much stress and had not been able to shake it. The sun did wonders for me. While my sisters are sun bathers, I tan in moderation, but I made an exception for this trip and it was good for me.
I have never had a “tropical vacation.” Not being one to lay in the sun I thought this wouldn’t be for me, but I think I may be changing my mind. I enjoy a stimulating vacation where I keep moving and enjoying new sights and experiences. But I can now say that I see value in slowing down and simply resting.
I am trying to find the words to describe what happened to me as I relaxed in the sun. It was as though there was a cable or a spring that was tightly wound around my abdomen and my chest and even my neck and head. By the final day in the sun, it began to release. In my head there was a disconnect between the right and the left side of my brain. This may sound strange. But it felt as though the blockage between the two sides opened and the flow of information began again.
I don’t want to lose this feeling of relaxation, but I know my habits and my lifestyle are what brought me to this place of tension. It remains to be seen if I can bring about the changes necessary to maintain this peaceful feeling.