Why I get myself to the beach…

Posted on 06 October 2020

I’ve been getting myself to the beach once a week for several months now. It takes about 45 minutes to get there and at least an hour to get home, and I have to carve out the time in my schedule which isn’t always easy, but week by week I do. Because it serves me.

It doesn’t really matter if it’s cold or sunny or cloudy or windy. I just get myself there. I set up my beach blanket, watch the waves, and feel better for it. There’s a seagull with a broken wing who keeps finding me week after week and demanding that I share my snacks. There are pelicans and sometimes dolphins, and always interesting people around me.

I don’t have a big agenda at the beach. I go because it serves me. No matter how long I stay, I leave feeling better.

This year, especially, I have to pay attention to what I’m choosing that feels good, and what feels bad, what is healthy and what is not, what keeps me sane and stable, and what leaves me wobbly and off kilter. It’s not a luxury to care for myself in this way, it’s a necessity.

Can I remind you of that too?

Your mental health is important.
You inner state of being is important.
Your choice to care for yourself kindly is important.

The world is changing rapidly and demanding our watchfulness and participation . And — this is a big AND — we create best and contribute most when we’re healthy, inspired and capable of seeing the bigger picture.

Pay attention to what you’re choosing, who you’re listening to, how much time you’re investing online and how much in nature. Find your unique balance, consciously and attentively.

I’m teaching a daily class this month called Align First. Take Action Second. I designed this purposefully for the few weeks between now and the election, because I need it. Maybe you do too.

If so, sign up and join in. We begin Saturday.

And, if you discover yourself off kilter or needing support finding your alignment, book sessions. I’m here for you.

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