The concept of time out or R&R or vacation is captured in the lines of one of my favorite books, Me Who Dove Into the Heart of the World: “To exist, which for Me is to unlearn to rush. To relax the muscles of my heart and let it beat in its own time. To be in the heat without thinking heat. To eat when hunger is hungry and give in to the tiredness that arrives with nightfall and darkness covers things and things in the darkness can rest. Just to be and to see. And to see all that is as it is, while it is today, because we don’t know if it will be, tomorrow.”
These wonderful words in a book by Sabina Berman narrate wisdom from the point of view of an autistic savant who negotiates the ethics between people and business and animals and our relationship with the natural world. It reminds me a bit of the same wisdom of Temple Grandin, who also speaks from the perspective of autism about understanding and connecting with the world of our animal companions. It comes with becoming less involved with ego consciousness and group think. Perhaps neurodiversity is finally becoming a thinkable value rather than an illness!
Vacation helps us to consider changing our minds about insisting how things should go and prompts us to live more in the moments in which we find ourselves. It takes a little time to let go of our automatic responses and see ourselves and our world in a fresh way. For those who do not have the luxury of physically getting away, giving ourselves time to connect with nature and our animal companions on a daily basis may the best type of vacation we can practice. Life consists of activity, but we may well look to the spaces between the notes to find the meaning.