Yes, almost everyone needs to stop worrying about work, but it’s a bad idea to think that to relax, you need to stop thinking about work while you’re on vacation. Here’s a better idea: allow your best vacation mind to transform your workdays so they are all more fun, more relaxed, more satisfying. Consider:
1. When you’re relaxed, it’s easier to see new options, discover new allies or resources.
2. When you’re away from home, trying new things, meeting new people, your perspective broadens.
3. When you’re away from irritating people at work, it’s easier to have compassion for them. Nothing facilitates creativity and wisdom about how to deal with irritating people better than compassion.
4. Vacation offers time to try new spiritual practices and turn them into new habits.
5. As stress melts on vacation, it’s easier to see more clearly what matters to you and what doesn’t. This sets the stage for visions and plans that support your values.
6. Vacations can help you see more clearly the wonder and beauty of the universe.
7. Vacations help you remember how essential laughter and play are to your entire body, mind and spirit.
Vacations Can Be a Great Catalyst for New Work Visions
It’s as if, while on vacation, you turn off your inner radio station that won’t shut up with the negative self-talk. Instead, you’re more receptive to the quieter, more profound messages from your heart and soul.
While walking up Ben Lomond in Scotland many years ago, I thought of my plans to apply for graduate school in urban planning when I returned. Halfway up the hill, a quiet, inner voice said, “you know you’d rather study bioenergetics and other human potential disciplines.” Immediately, I felt the truth of that thought throughout my body — though I had never consciously considered this path. Thankfully, it has led to my true life’s work, which now focuses on the full integration of spirit, body, and mind in life and in work and business.
Vacation Rituals and Prayers Can Have a Long-term Effect
Many people have told me that they do simple rituals like this one: carry or pick up two stones or shells as you wander into the woods or on a beach. Into one stone imagine putting all your frustrations about work. When you feel empty and free enough to enjoy your vacation, leave the stone in the woods, or toss it into the sea with a prayer that you can always stay free of tension or worry, or whatever else you wish to release.
Into the other stone, imagine putting the essence of all the goodness you find on vacation … the joy of just lying in the grass perhaps, and watching the clouds shift, new perspectives and ideas, or the fun of trying something new.
I love to meditate on vacation with the question: “what wisdom and insights can I bring from vacation to my everyday life?”
I particularly love this simple affirmative prayer: Here in this relaxed setting, I easily see how my work and life can be more relaxed. I gratefully welcome new ideas and visions for my work and life.
How can vacation mind help transform your workday reality?
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Many blessings, Pat McHenry Sullivan