SOS Getaways: Savoring the Opportunities of Summer

Copyright (c) 2009 Karin Marcus

Summer is the time to renew and rejoice.  It is the time to rest and play and to let the fruits of your labours, ripen.  Physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, your hearts and bodies need this time to rejuvenate.  You have recently emerged from a long hard winter that was followed by a spring filled of sudden changes and hard work.  So it makes sense, if you are feeling run down from battling the seas of responsibilities.  Now is the time to send out that distress signal and declare a SOS Getaway – time to Savor the Opportunities of Summer!

Step One: Take out your calendar and cross out a day, an afternoon, a weekend, and write across the dates SOS.  Don’t allow anything to be scheduled during that time.  Let people know you will be unavailable and out of reach.  Also, set up a support team to cover any responsibilities that may need attending to during that time.

Step Two: Find the quite time and space to journal on, “My perfect summer day…”  Describe in detail what that day would consist of.  Where would you be, what would you be doing; would you be alone or would you really like to spend some quality time with some one special.  Write in detail from sunrise to sunset, how you would like to spend each precious hour.  Another idea is to journal on “My favorite summer memories…”  Try to recapture the mood and quality of those memories.  What about those special moments made the memories so lasting?

Step Three: Translate that perfect summer day and those wonderful memories into the possibilities that presently surround you.  For example, you might have imagined yourself at a distant location.  Where in your extended local area is there a place that resembles or contains some of the same elements, such as a body of water or trail in the woods?  You might have dreamed of being with a particular person who is unavailable, what person might play their part or what can you do or bring to remind you of that person?  Be creative in fashioning the essence of your perfect day into the present opportunities.

Step Four: The day before your SOS Getaway, gather all the necessary paraphernalia: food, clothing, gas, toys, books, journal…  Check in with your support team that all areas of responsibility are covered.  Have everything ready to wake up and have your getaway begin.  Get a good nights rest.

Step Five: Upon awakening, set the intention to consciously savor each moment.  Throughout the day, utilize all your six senses to notice the textures, smells, sights, sounds, tastes, and metaphors that surround you.  Know that nothing happens as the mind intends and be prepared to meet each unexpected turn with creativity.  Honor the purpose and intention of the day, by valuing your needs and your essential Being!

Step Six: At the close of your day, take a moment to acknowledge the significance of time well spent.  Notice how you feel physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  What shifts have occurred?  What lessons, gifts, or new awareness do you want to incorporate in your daily life?  Commit to doing so with a specific action, within a set time.

Step Seven: Take out your calendar and schedule your next SOS Getaway.

Karin Marcus, Certified Life Coach / Retreat Leader, “Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do” Rumi , Download your free “Walking with Intention: A Self-Guided Mini Retreat”  Article Source: