Most folks lead pretty hectic lives full of family and work obligations that leave them feeling exhausted and burned out. The idea of a vacation may even feel like just one more thing on the to-do list instead of a chance to take a real break from daily life and recharge. And while that might be true for many kinds of trips, taking a cruise offers passengers an extended opportunity to find mindfulness at sea.
On a cruise, travelers can step out of their routine, free from the typical daily demands for attention from colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. Instead of being preoccupied with daily chores and to-do lists, cruising allows passengers to let go and let someone else manage the little details for a while. There are no constant interruptions from mobile phones, email, television or social media. Cruises allow people to wake up in the morning and think, “what do I feel like doing today?” instead of “what do I have to get done today?” Folks can concentrate on the things that are really important – finding their own inner peace and reconnecting with the family and friends they’re sailing with.
Vacation in the Moment
A big part of mindfulness is living in the moment and being really aware of the sights, sounds, and feelings being experienced. And a cruise can delight all five senses. There are panoramic views, exciting new dishes, dynamic ports of call full of adventure, and loved ones to share it all with. Let go and savor the moments as much as possible. Take your time to enjoy meals, entertainment or even just watching the waves roll by. Instead of planning for the next thing or worrying about what just happened, live in the now.
The Benefits of Mindfulness
Choosing mindfulness can provide physical and mental benefits like reduced stress and anxiety, and lowered blood pressure, making genuine relaxation possible. It can also provide intangible benefits like strengthening relationships with the loved ones who are traveling companions. Kids especially are likely to notice parents who are more attentive and engaged in their activities, to say nothing of the possibility of rekindling a little romance between spouses!
It’s easy to overlook opportunities for mindfulness at home because so many of the experiences are routine and therefore they don’t even register anymore. Going on a cruise opens a whole new world of experiences that are fresh and engaging to our eyes, ears, and hearts. Mindfulness is a journey not a destination; and while taking a cruise won’t get us there, it can certainly get us started in leading more mindful lives.