Have you ever made a top 5 list of places you might want to call Paradise? Last year in early August, on a trip to Lesbos, Greece, I sure found my own definition of Paradise: Rabbit Island.
An Island of sorts!
zero humans (just our captain Alekos, who visits and has built a lovely place to spend a few hours there) or an occasional biologist, watching animals.
About one hundred rabbits. Really.
The nature: breathtaking (as will be proved by the following photos), peaceful, a small spot, smelling like wild mountain thyme and other herbs, the sea, those amazing rabbits, really shy, really lots of them.
Here are a few impressions for you.
What else is paradise-like? Well, for example my summer break started and it’s day # 1 today, quite a treat that is! Summer breaks usually start with a good mix of laziness and planned Quality time, such as visiting with dear friends, going to the coast for 10 days or just taking time for:
A very good way of being slow is starting the day with sitting Meditation and Qi Gong practice.
Drinking coffee(s) at the open Loggia Windows and breathing in fresh air, not having to worry about what time it is and if it is time to leave for…somewhere work-related.
Taking time to sort through a pile of photographs, daydream or be aware of the smell of coffee, mixed with the irresistable smell of fresh toast with “hagelslag” (tiny Little chocolate chips from the Netherlands you pour on your bread if you are inclined to do so)
When I remind myself to “go to my happy place” in tensed moments sometimes, the images of the most amazing Rabbit Island usually come to my mind right away. And yes, it sure is helpful. But let’s not fix the idea of Paradise/Quality time/ your happy place to a place which you cannot realistically go to whenever you want. Because this might cause tension.
What’s paradise to you? Feel free to comment, I sure am curious about it!