I recently spent an afternoon in Central Park in Manhattan. It was one of the earliest days of spring where just for a day the temperature was perfect. We decided to go to Trader Joe's and bought picnic items to share. It was just one of those days where nothing could wrong, and nothing did... it was the definition of relaxation.
When we got to the Great Lawn I was shocked at how rural it all felt (whenever I go to Central Park I still feel the buzz of the city so it's tough for me to relax there!) and I suddenly found myself fading in and out of sleep for the next two hours. When I woke up I felt refreshed and energized. I noticed so much beauty all around me -- different languages, families, friends, games, food, and laughter. I started noticing how all these profound things were many of the ingredients for not just a day in the park but a life in full bloom.
On the subway ride home I was writing in my journal and started listing my thoughts on the day.
1. Seek more simplicity.
2. Share real friendship.
3. Be silly.
4. Eat simply.
6. Talk to each other.
What if just for a week we set our intentions for a simpler life. Instead of endless lists of errands and places to be, what if we lived in a way that aligns with our heart. This "to do" list is relatively simple compared to my current lists of details errands and thoughts. But I decided that this summer I'm going to revolve my life around items 1 through 6.