This past weekend, the weather miraculously turned beautiful and it seemed as if spring had magically arrived. Usually my Saturdays are spent catching up on missed sleep and sleeping in way past an acceptable time, then groggily going throughout my day cleaning, running errands, and blogging in one way or another. On this glorious Saturday filled with sun and 73-degree temps I was temped to change it up and so I did. While lying in bed I had the bright idea to jump in my car and drive to the shore or beach for all you non-Jersey folks out there.
While I’m no stranger to the shore I decided to forgo visiting the shore’s closest to me and instead took a little longer drive to the shore town where I spent many summers as a child. So, I got ready, put my flip-flops on, jumped in my car, grabbed some Starbucks, put on some Tim McGraw and started my adventure of the day.
My drive was filled with blissful moments of singing at the top of my lungs with the windows rolled down, the sun and salt air hitting my face and the pure joy of knowing I had nothing but open road ahead of me.
When I arrived in Beach Haven, NJ which is one of the prettiest little beach towns, I was flooded with happy memories of my childhood. I found myself back on Coral Street where me and my family spent many summers, while things were different, the feeling of the street was the same. I recalled memories of riding bikes with my cousins up and down the street, wearing matching bathing suites and sitting on the porch steps for pictures and running back and forth on the huge wrap around porch of our beloved beach house.
I parked my car and strolled up to the beach and as I sat there, I relished in the many memories this beach held. I sat on the beach, dug my toes in the sand and breathed it all in; closing my eyes, listening to the ocean waves roll in and out, and feeling calm and at peace for the first time in a long time.
Moments of pure zen don’t happen very often especially when we have jobs, responsibilities and deadlines racking our brains. I realized while I sat there on the beach that I needed this moment more than I ever realized. Being back at a place that is so beautiful and holds so many happy memories made me realize that I need this kind of peaceful happiness in my life.
A goal of mine going forward is to find more moments of zen. I need to find moments of peacefulness in my everyday lives; a little break from the world that is purely about me, my needs, and happiness. I enjoy meditation but don’t do it as often as I should and I think this may be a great way to start.
“The world is its own magic.” – Shunryu Suzuki
How do you find moments of zen?