We started our morning by going on a really pretty drive and exploring a park. On the way home we were supposed to head to catch a ferry to Nokonoshima Island but it was raining and I didn’t think a boat ride would be the best idea. So we looked at our back up list and decided to go to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park. When we pulled up I was bummed and thought it was closed because we were the only car in a massive parking lot – and it was SO quiet. We walked in and workers greeted us so we paid the $3 admission. Then we rented some bikes and went to explore the park. To our surprise we found we were the only ones in the entire park!!! Something about being the only ones in such a beautiful, peaceful place really felt like we were actually inside of a dream – it didn’t feel real. David kept looking at me saying, “what is going on?! is this real!?” I was asking myself the same thing.
The park had bike paths lined with cherry blossoms, yellow flower fields, blue flower fields, tulips galore, gardens, workshops for kids to do crafts, a water park, ponds, a zoo (and a petting zoo!), several big playgrounds, cafes, food stands, and the list goes on! It was the most incredible park, ever.
I know we have had a lot of amazing days together but in that moment I really felt like that day was the best day ever.
And I know this is really long but wanted to share one more thing! A few weeks ago I went to a yoga class with some friends. I have always liked yoga but usually just do it to get a good stretch. This time the instructor throughout the class kept reminding us to come back to the present – to not think about anything else and just feel that exact moment. To feel each movement, fingertips, body parts, etc. Each time she said this I found that I was actually having to come back to the present because my mind somehow wandered to what I was having to do that day or whatever it was. Because she kept reminding me I felt like by the end I had a good 30 or so minutes where I was really, truly, in the present. And it felt REALLY good. I always try to live in the moment but I think sometimes even when my phone and distractions are away and I am enjoying being with my family, my mind can still wander even without me knowing it. Sometimes just thinking about “okay what time do we need to leave in order to get the kids ready for nap?” “what should I cook them for dinner?” “did I remember to change that load of laundry?” etc. And they are small thoughts that I don’t even realize I am having until I really tell my mind to come back to the present. I hope this is making sense.
So I have been trying to really practice this since that class and when I am going through each day, give myself subtle reminders to just come back and drop thoughts and feel the moment (as cheesy as that sounds). And honestly, it really makes me enjoy life more. Even when nothing exciting is going on and I am just sitting there, it feels good to just be motionless but also have my mind motionless. Whenever people have said “live in the moment” I kind of took that as, put the phone down and turn the TV off and go live. But even when you are living you could still not really be in the moment. Anyways, I am just rambling now but just something I have been thinking about and wanted to share 🙂