These Are a Few of My Favourite Things

 In Mindfulness and Meditation, Weekly Forum Discussion

It’s interesting to be contemplating my perfect day off. Something to plan for, something that I look forward to, but how to narrow it down? And, while I was playing this idea over in my mind I happened to have a conversation with my mom. My dad is sick. He’s been very weak and has stopped partaking in anything he used to enjoy. On this particular day though he had a boost of energy. He wanted to go to the local pub to have a burger with a side of fries and wash it down with a Guinness. Considering he hadn’t eaten in a couple of days this was a big deal. More importantly though was my mother’s description of the pure bliss and rapture that came with this “cheat meal.” That little moment was a huge moment for him – the colour back in his face, the life glimmering in his eyes. In that little moment all pain, all sadness, all fear, it melted away simply because he was incredibly present with his scrumptious burger and fries.

So, while I had contemplated describing the big trip to the Caribbean for my dream vacation day, because I do so love the beach, the Caribbean music and the ocean, I was struck with the realization that all around me, right here, right now, I can take mini vacations or mini getaways simply by being present and savouring the little moments.

Here is a list of some of my favourite little moments, my mini-vacations:

  • Waking up before anyone in the house to be still and meditate
  • Enjoying a cup of coffee in the yard, under the canopy of trees with goldfinches and cardinals serenading me
  • Jumping in the puddles under a downpour and laughing full belly laughs with the kids at the silliness of it all
  • Latin dancing and feeling the music around me and in me
  • Doing a healing for a client
  • Savouring a sweet glass of wine
  • A cuddle on the couch
  • Sitting outside watching and listening to a thunderstorm
  • Playing scrabble
  • Walking in nature: trees and water are so grounding for me
  • Taking pictures while enjoying nature
  • Baking – and quality testing said baked goods
  • Bare feet in the grass
  • Writing from the heart
  • Reading and learning new things
  • Getting a pedicure
  • Enjoying a massage
  • Great conversations
  • Watching super hero movies
  • Singing at the top of my lungs in the car (windows up or down)

There are no shortage of moments to savour.  I guess that’s the point isn’t it? Truly stopping to live the moments, to feel each one with all my senses.

I really do love this creative process. Simply by writing this I have taken a mini vacation. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Written by: Melanie Groves

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