I brought a wardrobe with me to Playa del Carmen. Usually when I travel to Mexico, I travel light. As my husband slept last night, I arranged my outfits perfectly in the wardrobe. I tried on my various outfits for the trip under the silence of our thatched roof in our hotel room The humming of the ceiling fan added that ´white noise´ effect that felt like a zen meditation moment in the wee hours of the morning. Then I actually did meditate. You know, like Julia Roberts did when she played Elizabeth Gibert in EAT PRAY LOVE. I sat with my legs crossed, my back straight and I took in those deep types of breath you forget to breathe in every day normal life. The cold Spanish tiles added another layer of mystery to the ambiance is surrounding me. During this time of reflection much gratitude emerged from my heart. An overwhelming sense of how special it is to be alive; to share, to experience, to commit to this moment and open your soul to feel the power of love.
After meditating, I laid down on the hard mattress in the darkness of the night. I could see bits of light streaming in from the outside behind the drawn curtains. I stared up at the A-frame thatched roof with thoughts of how my journey has taken me here to Playa Del Carmen in the silence of this place, the foriegn surroundings with the smell of seasalt mixed in with moisture dangling above me. The White sheets seemed oddly ethereal in the dark.
What is this life but a vapor? Do you know that passage from the Bible? That’s how it feels right now. Like life is so precious. Like each momento needs to be savored, loved, held onto so I do not forget the textures, the smells and the feelings that embue me. Life can be incredibly short. That’s what I want to tell you from Playa del Carmen. So make each moment count. Be soft. Be bold. Be real. Feel something. Don’t numb yourself to the beauty because there is so much to be thankful for each day. Tell someone you love them. Thank you for reading my column. I am grateful for you. Thank you for that.
Story originally appeared here: Playa Del Carmen