Thought for Today

President Barack Obama presenting Maya Angelou...
President Barack Obama presenting Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” — Maya Angelou, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes

And the #1 Staycation Idea is…..

~Solitude~
~Solitude~ (Photo credit: Dhoomakethu!!)

Drumroll please…

Organize your own at home spiritual retreat.

*  Turn off your phone and take off your watch.

*  Choose books, CD’s and videos to study during your retreat or study the sacred texts of your tradition.

*  Allow plenty of time for rest, reflection, meditation and journaling.

*  Spending time outside in a park or on a nature trail is also a good while on retreat.

You don’t really need all the trappings of an expensive spiritual retreat or conference.  Spirit speaks when and where we listen.

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #2

Nebraska State Capitol, old house chamber ceiling.
Nebraska State Capitol, old house chamber ceiling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Take a tour of your State Capitol building.  This is something everyone should do at least once.  This may be a bit of a drive depending on where you live, but will be worth it.  If you have children spend a few days before the trip helping them study your state.  After the tour, encourage them to talk, ask questions and perhaps write an essay.

Thought for Today

English: Actress Mariska Hargitay reads "...
English: Actress Mariska Hargitay reads ” Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Go Fishin’!  Fishing really isn’t about fish.  For many people fishing is about getting away from it all.

Easier before cell phones, but still possible.  Find a quiet place  and leave the phone at home.  Don’t buy expensive gear, just gather up basic equipment and go.

Fishing is a good spiritual exercise.  It teaches us to wait, something most of us don’t do very well.  So take a little time and just go fishin’!

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #4

Ice cream sundae with strawberries
Ice cream sundae with strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Make your own homemade ice cream and have a sundae party.  Don’t forget to invite me.

Homemade ice cream is a vacation in a bowl!  Making your own gives you control over what goes in it.

Make ice cream and set out healthy toppings such as fresh berries and nuts and a few fun ones like mini chocolate chips.  Let everyone make their own sundae and DIG IN!

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #5

The Sunway Lagoon water theme park as view fro...
The Sunway Lagoon water theme park as view from above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Become a tourist in your own town. 

*  Visit the zoo, aquarium, museums or art galleries.

*  Get tickets for a concert, theater production or sporting event.

*  Take a walking tour of your city.

*  Splurge and spend a day at a theme park or water park.

*  Don’t forget quirky local attractions.

*  Check for discounts and special days.

*  Don’t forget the camera!

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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