Have you ever had one of THOSE moments?
Moments where the world slows down just a little? Where your focus narrows? Where the hustle and bustle and general grind of everyday life doesn’t matter? Where you are aware of your surroundings and you drink them in slowly, like the perfect glass of bordeaux? Where a smile comes across your face and you know you are exactly where you are supposed to be?
I call these blissful moments and they are perfect.
I remember the first time I truly became aware of what was happening. I was visiting my friends in New Zealand, reading a book about bettering myself and finding my passion (Danielle LaPorte’s Firestarter Sessions), sipping on the perfect glass of red, listening to the ocean do its song and dance with the black sand on the shoreline of the North Island. I took a moment to explore and understand what I was feeling. It was calm, soothing, clear and perfect. Life made sense, right then and there.
I’ve noticed a pattern over the last two years, that these moments tend to involve beaches. Beaches are my happy place. Calm waters, sand between my toes, warm sun on my skin and no where else to be except right there.
It’s funny that the ocean is where I find such solace, given the fact that it terrifies me (truth moment: I can’t swim). Maybe it’s symbolic of me facing my fears or something. But it also represents home.
Growing up on an island, the ocean was never too far away, an attribute I look for in any place I live.
The ocean is scary, unpredictable yet beautifully tranquil. It holds a world of opportunity and possibility beyond the horizon, if I choose to discover it.
These blissful moments are my meditation.
Meditation, to me, doesn’t have to be ohm chanting and intention filled. My meditation involves taking time to tune into my senses. To be me, and no one else. The weight of the world and daily responsibility fade into the background for as long as I choose to be there. No running, no hiding, time stands still. It’s just me. In that moment.
These moments are when I explore my wildest dreams and deepest desires. They are where I solve all of the world’s problems (or at least my world’s problems), or simply have no problems at all. It is a moment of stillness in an otherwise chaotic world.
It dawned on me recently that maybe these blissful moments have been happening all my life and I’ve been too caught up in the daily motions to experience them. All it took was for me to tune in and just feel.
SLOW DOWN. Find your moment. You never know what you might be missing!