As a bonafide beach lover, I cannot think of summer without a smile on my face. Since childhood, my heart races with anticipation and joy at the thought of waking up early and heading to the beach at dawn. Running up to the surf, splashing around, collecting shells, building castles as a little girl is a forever memory. Later, I fell in love with snorkeling, mostly in the Florida Keys and the Caribbean.
Currently, I’m close to the ocean, which is undoubtedly my happy place. It is the place where I meditate, reflect, practice intentional solitude, go for long walks, explore the sunrise and flex my photography muscle. It is also my place to release, feel gratitude and ask.
One of my earliest memories as a little girl was spending the day at the beach with my parents in Cuba. Later, we crossed that ocean together to come to the United States- the ocean for me represents home. I feel the most like myself there, no question. I am almost certain that if ever there were mermaids, I was one of them.
Summer is here and I am soaking in the peaceful vibes of a slower season. The almost-too-warm ocean breeze and the late sunsets—a dream in color for this, forever Florida girl! This past week, I extended a conversation I had with my team to a brief survey asking ‘where some of you go and what some of you do‘ to feel at peace. I was pleasantly surprised by the responses ranging from a comfy hammock in the backyard, to playing family boardgames, to sipping sangria telling stories with friends. And, many of you shared the beach as your favorite spot as well.
I am sharing with you a few well-known ways to ‘protect your peace’, as I continue to dive deeper into this practice. Of note, every day comes to us with a unique set of gifts and challenges, and its not always 50/50. Somedays are hard. Most of us have healing to do, or are helping loved ones heal from trauma and/or disease. Something to consider … on a micro level … one can be proactive in building the moments of peace and joy within the day, if and when possible. These built in ‘small moments’ have a life and momentum of their own. These ‘small moments’ over time are not small, as I have experienced in my own life.
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