Over the past six months I've been trying to live and grow in the philosophies of the great spiritual teachers to find enlightenment and peace.
This past week, we met my husband at a campsite in a state park that is quite literally in the middle of nowhere.
There is no 4G, barely any cel phone reception, and if you want wireless internet, you have to drive to it.
He stayed for a week on his own to gather his own thoughts about an upcoming project and to find his own clarity. He found it, and was so inspired by the time we met him there that I think his whole demeanor actually changed.
How could camping do this to a person? We'd been camping a number of times before, it's not like this was new.
But we've both been on this spiritual journey together, and this time maybe it was just the right time for us.
We disconnected from the internet and our phones, and therefore, the world. Nothing was reality and nothing mattered except what was right in front of us, and that was gorgeous scenery, the elements, and our children.
There were no problems except how cold it was, if our business was holding up ok back home on its own with just a few quick 15 minute check-ins each morning, how the kids were doing, did we have enough food, and what could we explore next?
My teen son didn't check Facebook or his cel-phone once. We sat across a campfire together and laughed. We challenged each other to push-up contests. I carried my 6 year old daughter down a mountain after she so bravely climbed to the top herself.
During the course of the trip, I answered one phone call, and one text - from my 83 year old grandmother and from my mom.
I evaluated my relationship with my husband and determined that we have created so much more than a marriage, but a spiritual partnership that is a force of nature.
This trip was perfection in so many ways, but the most important way was that it accelerated a journey that I was already on and brought clarity to thoughts I was already having.
Life isn't about running around and being busy, or struggling, or being the best, or having it all.
Life is about living.
And the "problems" of every day? Self-created dramas that disappear when you disconnect.
I'm so thankful to be learning these lessons at only 36 years old. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to teach them to my children.
I'm so happy to be exactly where I am at this moment.