Here on Maui during our Christmas family vacation I needed to be alone on Saturday evening. I needed a recharge and I knew it would happen if I spent a little bit of time on my own. My kids wanted to swim at the condo pool, hubby wanted to read his book and my mom asked if I would drive her into town for Saturday mass at the local Catholic church. When I dropped her off I noticed there was a dead end road headed toward the beach. I followed it and parked the car. Thirty minutes until sunset, an empty spot on the beach waited for me. I kicked off my flip flops and let my toes sink into the warm sand. Walking toward my spot, the one waiting for me, I found not one, not two, but five heart rocks. Brown coral. White coral. Big. Small. My symbol. My affirmation.
I sat down smiling holding one of my new coral hearts. The sun was slowly making her way down to the horizon. As she dropped down so did my shoulders. My pulse slowed. My spirits lifted. Me. Alone with God. Alone in Mother Nature. Oberving. Letting go. This. Is. What. Recharges. My. Soul.
When I picked my mom up from church an hour later and greeted my family back at the condo a piece of the beach was still in my heart. The sound of the ocean. The dance of the sunlight. The hearts scattered in the sand. Holding this in my heart, my time alone, I was ready to be more present, more available and engaged to those in front of me.
Does time on your own with you and you alone lift your spirits and support you in being more present to others? Does it recharge your batteries? How will you listen to the nudge to be in solitude today? Will you notice you aren’t the only one who will receive the gift of your time with yourself?
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