Get Away Without Going Anywhere: Four Ways to Take a Non-Travel Summer Vacation

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This article offers four steps for enjoying a summer getaway without going anywhere.

Many of us have gone on vacations to faraway places and returned feeling more fatigued than when we left. Kirk Byron Jones, author of "Holy Play: The Joyful Adventure of Unleashing Your Divine Purpose", says, "Truly invigorating vacations are more about changing what's inside of us than they are about changing what's around us. In order to feel genuine renewal, a change of setting may help, but it's not necessary."

Dr. Jones offers four ways to have a soulfully satisfying summer getaway without booking a trip anywhere. How long to stay, five minutes, five days or five weeks, is up to the reader:

1. Let Go. Release all activities that regularly absorb energy from you, especially all work-related actions and thoughts. Genuine vacations can't happen unless you vacate your mind of thoughts that can easily and often unconsciously lure you back into work mode.

A rubber band on the wrist can help people avoid thinking about work. Whenever work thoughts surface, give the wrist a little pop.

2. Lose the Schedule. Much daily anxiety is connected to having to do this or be there at a certain time. True vacations take all the demand out of time. While on vacation, forget about having to do anything on time; live free and easy in time.

3. Delight Yourself. Engage fun, healthy and wholesome activities for joy's sake. Submerge yourself in a spirit of play. For more playful inspiration, visit

4. Love the Margin. Margin is the space between our load and our limits. Such space is virtually non-existent in this "crazy busy" world. Savor the empty spaces in a vacation, the times when sitting, being still and doing nothing. Aaahhh.            

Whether or not you have made plans to get away physically this summer, plan to get away mentally and emotionally. Your soul, family and friends and work will thank you.

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