I can’t believe two months of the year have already flown by. With the beginning of March, Autumn has officially started in Australia, although it’s been the hottest start to the season on record.
Last weekend the allure of the coast beckoned. Hubby had been away for the week, working long hours in Adelaide, and I’d had an equally busy week, so it was a great excuse to head away on Saturday night. Not that we ever need an excuse to go camping!
Cape Paterson, right on the foreshore reserve, about two hours from home, fit the bill perfectly.
Long walks on the beach, languid swims in the warm water, floating in the rock pools and enjoying delicious meals made up our day.
Falling asleep to the sound of the waves and waking up to birdsong and a golden sunrise was sublime. It’s the little things that I savour when we camp.
It wasn’t long before we were on the road again, our brief interlude having worked it’s magic. However worries are never far away with smoke in the air and fires on the horizon.
March has started off with devastating bushfires in Victoria, caused by lightning strikes and extreme temperatures. Many are still burning and my thoughts are with firefighters and those who’ve lost so much.
As for me, my aim is to make each day meaningful. Making daily lists and ticking off tasks keeps me accountable. Staying appreciative of the small things, learning to let go of bigger issues I have little control over.
Ways we can be more Zen in March:
Write it down
Journal your thoughts, either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day. For me, it’s my Gratitude Diary before I go to bed. Even when times are tough I find there’s always something in my day to be grateful for.
Use your Breath to calm yourself
Do nothing. Be nothing. Except breath. Become at one with your breath, in and out, in and out. You shhhh and ignore the shhhhh-t.
In the rock pools last weekend, as I floated in warm sea water, I felt totally zen. But we don’t need the ocean to reach that state of bliss.
Take a Ten Minute Holiday for the brain
It’s proven that visualising and meditation, even ten minutes a day, can slow down our thoughts and bring about clarity and calm. Give your brain a holiday and watch how you become more focused and effective.
Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive. Whether it’s watching the ocean dance in to kiss the shoreline, hugging someone you love, walking your pooch or simply taking time to enjoy alone time, make every day of this month count.
Remember that happiness is yours for the taking. It’s in the car trips, the place you call home, the smile from your child, being in nature, savouring the sun on your back. Be aware of all the little moments and embrace them.
That’s what I’ll be doing.
Stay safe and enjoy the journey.
In light and love
Inhale, exhale. Happiness is here and now. Thích Nhất Hạnh
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