So often we think that material possessions will bring us happiness. The sports car, the designer clothes and accessories, the beach house. For me, it was a condo in Florida.
Like many people, sitting on the beach looking out over the ocean is calming to me. I often took trips to the shore in order to relax, and found myself thinking how nice it would be to have a place to live near a beach. When I began to meditate and understood the concept of living in the moment, I realized that when I felt the ocean breeze and heard the rhythmic sound of the waves, I forgot about anything that was on my mind. It was the only time I did not dwell on negative situations from the past or worry about my future.
I never did live near the ocean permanently, and now that I am unable to walk along the water’s edge, my dream of doing so has lost its allure. If I really wanted to live there, wouldn’t I have found a way to make it possible? Did I really want to live there, or did I just want the carefree feeling that I got while I was there?
This winter has been a long one here on the East coast. Lots of snow. After seeing pictures of Facebook friends who went to Florida, I was sad that we could not go. So I found thisvideo on youtube, and got that calm, relaxed feeling without travelling.
I bookmarked this video to play not only in the winter, but also when I need a reminder to relax and live in the moment. It’s a lot easier than driving the handi-van 20 hours to Florida or planning a trip to Hawaii!