A Free and Quick Get Away
I came upon this quotation by chance the day after writing my previous Haystack reflection (March 17th). I was amazed at how it paralleled that reflection about going deep into the inner darkness of your self by means of a self-inflicted power outage. What I found even more remarkable was that it had been written over 1,850 years ago by the Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius!
Naturally, the source of this desire to escape to an ocean paradise is the demanding pressures of our on-duty 24/7 world, yet Marcus Aurelius reminds us it is an ancient longing. I suggest you read the quote again and try to remember his wisdom to make our escapes “brief and basic.” Today, when time is severely rationed, we find it sweet news that “a quick visit” is enough to renew us. However, for it to be successful and sweet news, remember to descend without taking any luggage into your inner world.
By luggage, I refer to the invisible baggage of our problems, worries and troubles we tend to drag with us wherever we go—even to the seashore. If your attempts at brief escapes aren’t successful, check how much luggage you’re carrying. Then attempt escaping again, this time even without any carryon bags!
Besides being baggage-free, quick escapes that are successful also require repetitive get away efforts. Be confident that with practiced repetition you can become like the famous Houdini and be able to escape quickly from whatever you may feel is inescapably confining.