Today’s meditation: being present–whatever that entails.
Feeling whatever needs to be felt: the sun on my face, the fresh cool air, joy at being on vacation (my first break in the schedule since arriving in Cairo), even exhaustion–today, having the luxury to feel tired at midday, I took myself to bed to take what might be too long to be considered a nap.
Makes me think about how modern day to day living doesn’t often give us the opportunity to feel the body. We aren’t allowed to feel tired, at least not in the middle of the day.
And we self medicate with coffee , candy bars, and other energizing substances.
We numb ourselves from feeling tired and consequently steal from ourselves the opportunity to rest. And it’s not just us, the world we live in supports and, often times, enforces this craziness.
Just thinking how I don’t always allow myself to feel tired and how being on vacation gives me the license to, not just feel it, but address it in a healthy positive way.
So today: cultivating feeling feelings.
Photo: Feeling the joys of morning. Sinai Sunrise over the mountains of Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea. Naweiba, Egypt.