On my first morning at Naushon Island in Cape Cod, I woke up suddenly just after 5 a.m. to a blaze of pink pouring through my bedroom windows. Sunrise.
Drawn to the glow and sound of the ocean, I crawled out of bed, turned on my video camera, and sat by the open window absorbing the sounds, smells, and new scenery.
Some of what I experienced that morning is captured here in this short video. If you watch and listen closely, you can hear the clang of the buoy bell in the harbor. Terns and gulls fly over, and cormorants repeatedly dive beneath the surface of the water searching for fish. A small fishing boat passes on the far horizon. The ocean current becomes more visible, while the bright pink streak of sunlight gradually grows softer as the sky brightens.
If possible, find a quiet spot where you won't be disturbed. Before you start the video, make special note of how your body feels. Is it tight, relaxed, anxious? Where might you be holding tension in your body? Take a deep breath in and out.
Now, as you watch the video, continue to pay special attention to your breathing: slowly breathe in, and slowly breathe out.
What do you see and hear? Does the scene trigger any specific emotions, thoughts, or memories?
When the video is finished, scan your body again. Do you feel more relaxed? Are there any changes? Record these responses in your journal.
Taking time out for yourself is important, particularly if you are tending to a loved one with an addiction problem. Pausing from your daily routine for even 5 or 10 minutes and focusing on something beautiful or pleasurable can help reduce stress.
The next time you are feeling anxious, step outside for some fresh air, go for a short walk, or take a few minutes to watch this video, or any of the videos posted in the Allies in Recovery Sanctuary. Relax and practice letting go.