My fiancée and I went on a cruise in the Caribbean for her birthday. It was her first time on a cruise, but I had been on several with my family. I always enjoyed going on them, but I was especially excited for this one because I was bringing this experience to my significant other.
We departed the pier in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and we were on our way to the Caribbean islands.
My favorite part of cruises is the availability of food 24/7. All types of restaurants, different menus, varying ethnic foods are all in one place: on the ship. I am not ashamed to say I love food. I do, however, balance my appetite for eating with my appetite for physical exercise. We were sure to hit the gym on the boat at least twice during that seven-day cruise.
We were on the newest ship of that cruise line, so it had all the upgrades, new amenities, tons of activities and many, many restaurant options. Basically, there was something to do there at all times of day and night.
On one of the sea days, we decided to take a break from the activities on the ship and instead head to the pool. Big mistake. Unfortunately, the pool area was one of the areas the ships decided to sacrifice for other amenities. It wasn’t as big as it probably should have been for the amount of people on the boat. Every lounge chair was taken, and people were cramming in the hot tubs and pools. After circling a couple laps hoping to find an empty pair of chairs, we gave up and headed back to our room.
Because it was her birthday, I splurged when booking the room and got a balcony in the aft. The balcony fit two lounge chairs and there was no wind disrupting us since we were at the back of the ship. We placed our towels on the chair and laid down, enjoying the sun and getting a tan. She took a nap while I read a book. This was actually much better than trying to squeeze into the pool area. No noise, no distractions, just peace and quiet. At that point, I realized how perfect the scenario was. Relaxing with my fiancée in the sea, looking out into the ocean and the sun warming our skin. It was exquisite.
I thought to myself, why can’t I always feel like this? Oh yeah, because life back home is hard. We have to work, worry about money, stress about strains in relationships, do errands and chores, and a load of other responsibilities. I wished there was a way to always feel like there is no worries in the world. Surprisingly, and I didn’t know it at the time, there is a way to feel like that all the time. It is through meditating.
Meditating helps me drop the feeling of always being stressed. It helps me focus on what is really important in life. It helps my relationships with others. It helps me feel calmer and more at ease, even at the most tumultuous times of life. It has brought that feeling of being on vacation without having to hop on a plane and fly across the country.
This is why I meditate. It is only a small portion of my day but it has such a lasting effect on my life. I only wish I had started so much earlier in my life. It is definitely not easy, however, to incorporate meditation into my life. It takes a lot of work, patience, and dedication. But it can be done, and the results are endless. It is ABSOLUTELY worth it. When I feel stressed, meditative practices have helped me get through tough times. It has helped me work on my thought process and in how I respond to certain situations.
Other people may not get the same benefits from meditation right away. It takes patience and understanding. It took me some time before I truly understood what my mind and body was attaining from meditating. But if one puts the time and dedication into it, you never know what you may get out of it. You can only know if you try.
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