Mindful in the MEssy Middle
by Teresa Lazzaro
The calm waves of the ocean. They offer hope, excitement and a new beginning. A new wave emerges and washes away the old; the symbolism of the new wave is a new day, a fresh start, hope.
As I sit here in front of the ocean, I feel at peace and full of inspiration. My husband and I decided to take a much needed 4 day getaway to the Bahamas to reconnect and de-stress from the craziness of parenthood, working full-time and the constant hustler and bustle.
My mind is in an empty space, no chaos, no cleaning, no cooking and no work. Just me, my husband, the ocean and a book. Life is good. As much I miss my children, I am so grateful for the opportunity to connect with not only my husband but with mother earth. The simplicities of life are the best treasures this planet has to offer. Sun, sand, the ocean and human connections are my soul food.
On this trip I have met the most incredible people that proved to me that the universe has your back. From a young woman on my flight going on a yoga retreat for positive thinking, to a newly dating couple from Wisconsin telling their stories about finding love for a second time after difficult divorces, to the mid 20-something group from Boston who enjoyed being in our company who included us in their plans, to the kind woman from California woman who also needed a getaway from her children and husband and came to Bahamas with her girlfriend, to the gentleman from New Jersey who brought me back to my childhood days of spending my summers on the Jersey shore, we shared some laughs and made great memories together.
In my short 4 days the universe surrounded me with the most incredible people, all of whom taught me different life lessons that I will carry with me forever. These beings reminded me to take time for myself and recharge. They also reminded me that kind, wonderful people do exist you just have to dig to a deep, especially in a world that thrives on negativity.
As I am writing this last sentence I have returned home. The palm trees, beach and sun have become a recent memory. They have been replaced with a colder and rainy climate. However the feelings of fullness, fulfillment and hope are still fresh and as a sense of calmness washes over me, I know I will carry these memories with me into the moments to come.
Author, Mindful Mother, Soul Seeker
Teresa is a married, working mother of two young children: one daughter and one son. In January 2016, she made the decision to start her spiritual journey and has been on a spiritual path ever since. She is passionate about writing, meditation, yoga, and discovering the abundance of knowledge with regards to spiritual growth, personal growth and living authentically.
With her hectic schedule, she attempts to find balance and flow through meditation, practicing gratitude and maintaining a positive outlook on life. Through her writing, she gives an honest perspective of the trials, tribulations and rewards of motherhood.