Let’s Go Camping, by Liat Alster

Liat and family mindfully camping

This week during yoga class we went camping.

We packed our tents, sleeping bags, and marshmallow roasting sticks because we “went” on a camping trip using Next Generation Yoga’s lesson plan Let’s Go Camping!

I invite your family to pack your tent, sleeping bags and s’mores as well. 

Before we go, let’s pause for a moment and ask ourselves a question. What makes this adventure so unique and special?

  1. Everyone is present- no internet or phone so can concentrate on being with each other.
  2. Slow pace- we arrive at our campsite with all the things we need. We organize our campsite, sit, eat, talk, play, and swim in the lake all without having to rush.

Think how a child feels during this experience. Their family all together, present, and enjoying the moment. 

How far do we have to go to experience this moment?

This weekend, our family had a special camping experience by camping in our backyard. We invited a family of friends to join us. We set up tents, roasted marshmallows, and spent the next 24 hours together in our backyard. 

It is great to go camping far away, but we need to remember that the most important thing is the experience.  In these challenging times, when dealing with the Covid -19 restrictions and trying to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, we need not sacrifice the experience of camping. We might simply need to bring it closer home.

Most importantly, no matter where you camp, be present. Put your phone aside, enjoying your family and staying in the moment. Camping can be mindful inspiration for everyday life.

A few observations from my backyard experience: 

  1. It is challenging to be so close to home and not be tempted to do daily tasks. Try your best to stay outdoors. 
  1. Invite another family for a full camping experience. We did this and it was a lot of fun! 
  1. You can split your stay. We did 24 hours of backyard camping, left everything as it was, and then came back for another night. 
  2. Be kind to yourself.  If you have a particularly important phone call, answer it. Make it short, and then continue to be present in the experience. Do not judge yourself or feel like you failed. Enjoy the time that you succeed in being present with your family. 

Enjoy your family, collect memories, and make a strong family bond!

 

 

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