Imagine those soothing rays of the sun hugging your body, embracing you in warmth, as you recline in your cozy beach chair, squeezing the soft and granular sand between your toes. You take a sip of your nice ice cold glass of rum and coke. Life is good.
Sounds like a nice place to be, doesn’t it?
Of course it does! It’s the best place to be. No work. No obligations. No craziness or hassles. No stressful endeavors. Just full, complete, and total RELAXATION.
Nothing could be better. No place is more joyful or serene .
Well, today, I’m going to offer you the opportunity to go to Lazy Island yourself.
That’s right, I’m gonna give you a one way ticket to the most easygoing place on the planet!
No, this isn’t a sales pitch to book a trip and buy a premium vacation package. Nothing like that. As a matter of fact, I’m going to give you a FREE trip to Lazy Island as a gift for being a fellow procrastin8r, who wants an easygoing lifestyle.
Free vacation? What’s the catch?
That may sound too good to be true, but I’m a man of my word and the only time I LIE is on the couch, bed or hammock. (ba dum tss!)
You’ll be able to fully engulf yourself in laziness and feel like the most laid back mofo in the world.
Now I know what you’re thinking, because I get this question all the time.
Lazy Island isn’t even real, is it?
And to that I say, of course it’s real! Real awesome. Don’t shout, and throw out your doubt. Lazy Island is real and you can visit it any time.
You just have to know how to get there, and luckily for you, I’m about to reveal that secret, but only if you promise to remain chill about it.
Well if it’s real, where is it? Do you own your own private island?
Yes, actually, I do own my own private island ...and so do you.
Let me explain.
You in? Cool. Let’s go!
Getting to Lazy Island
Grab your pillow, lie on down, and get ready to take your trip to Lazy Island.
Wait hol’ up. Stop. No booking flights? No dealing with airport security? No cruise ships or bus rides?
Nope. You’re good. Just a pillow and maybe a warm blanket. Heck, even those are optional. Just find a cozy place at home or at the office or in the store, wherever. Lay on back, close your eyes, breath deeply, and relax. Put yourself there on those tranquil shores.
You see, Lazy Island is a place of inner peace. You must relax *deeply* and find it within yourself.
Oh c’mon! See! That’s nothing but imagination! I KNEW there was a catch!
I hear the skeptics about to cry.
But yes, it is still in fact, “real” in the sense that “being there” on Lazy Island inwardly can affect your reality outwardly. We’ll dive into deeper details in a minute.
First, I want to point out that I understand the disappointment and frustration if you were expecting a real *physical* island, but this my friend is even better. Much better. It’s life changing!
See, if Lazy Island were a physical location and if it were some sort of vacation hotspot, then the happiness it can bring would be... short-lived, to say the least. It’d be a temporary relief as opposed to a permanent solution. We want a permanent solution to stress, not a band aid.
But anyway, if it were a geographical place to visit, you’d go there to Lazy Island, enjoy your stay for a little while, then … Snap back to reality!
After your short little trip, and “high” you feel from it, as soon as you step off of the plane in the airport, you begin to return your default state of stress and unhappiness. You begin thinking about all the things you “have to” do and the worries you let go of and forgot about for the few days you were on vacation begin returning to the top of your mind
You’re back to dealing with the daily stresses and responsibilities that came before you took your trip. You’re “back to the grind” or “returning to the hustle”, keeping up with your To Do list of a bajillion things, juggling between the duties of work and the chores at home. You barely get a moment to relax the way you did on those lovely Lazy little shores.
Suddenly the sound of the gentle waves crashing are nothing but a faint memory and you’re instead surrounded by the sounds of loud morning traffic or the screams of your boss upset about something pointless or the loud barks of your neighbors dog. As you sit there filing papers at work or scrubbing dishes in your kitchen, you wish for nothing but go back to the comforts of Lazy Island, but getting there would require a whole bunch of hoops to jump through, in order to plan another trip.
So there you are: Your emotions are out of control, you’re exhausted, and you lack a feeling of satisfaction.
Soon, that real vacation seems like imagination anyway, as if you lived through a fairy tale.
Because the reality in which you live in now is nothing like the place of relaxation you visited. It’s the complete opposite, in fact. It’s exasperating and backbreaking.
You feel as if your vacation was nothing but a pleasant dream and you’re awake now in the unpleasant reality.. It doesn’t seem like the trip even actually happened as a real life event. So really, if you think about it, a mental place of Lazy Island is no more or less "real" than a physical one, in a way.
What we want to achieve is a permanent holiday, an eternal vacation, not just a short recess from an otherwise stressful life. We want to make Lazy Island our HOME and default way of thinking and feeling.
In other words, we want to shift your default stressful/unhappy state into one of peace, serenity, and happiness. And we do that NOT by briefly “clocking out” for a set period of time then getting “back to work” but by realizing that any feelings of relaxation we would have on a “break” are actually within ourselves and not bound to external pleasures.
Lazy island is right here, right now, and can be visited at any time, from anywhere. Once you understand this, you’ll no longer “need a vacation” because you’ll always be having one. Always.
Vacation is a feeling, not a place.
As you put yourself in a deep state of relaxation, lying on your back with your eyes closed, bringing the sights, sounds, and smells of the island to your mind’s eye, ignoring the distractions of the outer world, you’ll begin to experience strong feelings of tranquility.
Breathe in deep.
Then embrace these feelings, thoroughly. Hold on to them. Really *feel* how calm you are. Surround yourself with the awareness of peace. Deep breath in and deep breath out.
Go ahead and see yourself, in your minds eye from a first person view, so that you enter your own eyes as opposed to seeing yourself from bird’s eye view.
Slowly get up and walk towards the water. Look out on the horizon and then submerge yourself into the cool refreshing waters. Cleanse yourself of stress. Let your worries wash away in the waves. Let go of your fears and anxieties.
Then exit the ocean and lay back down in the sand -- on your beach chair or soft fluffy towel. Take another deep breath Feel the warmth from the sun as it dries your skin. Feel the tantalizing sensation as you once again clench your toes in the sand. Feel the warmth in you heart as you watch the waves carry your worries away.
The feeling you experience in that moment is your Happy Place, your Lazy Island, you inner state of peace. You just went on vacation, without actually going anywhere!
You didn’t need to physically get up and pack your bags. You didn’t need to make any sort of travel plans. You just needed to...relax.
The vacation was in your mind. It was a mental journey to serenity. And as you wake up, becoming consciously aware of your surroundings, you can remember those feelings. Remember that place.
You can clench your toes to feel the warm sand, and take a deep breath to feel the salty cool breeze of the ocean at any time from any place. You can remember being on Lazy Island and all the positive emotions bound to it by concentrating and using those “trigger actions” of clenching your toes and breathing deeply.
You can eventually be able to trigger this relaxed state of mind with very little effort.
Simply clench your toes and take a nice deep breath, you’ll instantly feel the sand and breeze, see and hear the waves, and return to a state of inner calmness.
Best of all, you can do this wherever you are and the action that “triggers” your trip to Lazy Island will be so subtle no one will even notice. No one can see you clenching your toes (especially if you’re wearing shoes) and you’ll be able to instantly put yourself on Lazy Island, no matter what external environment you’re actually in.
Grasp the knowledge that vacation is not a time or place, but a state of mind. You can control how often you go on vacation (to Lazy Island). All you’re doing is tapping into that state and training yourself to be able to go there on cue.
Once you can trigger (or cue) yourself to enter Lazy Island, the inner mind’s state of peace, then you can approach the stresses and dilemmas you come across in life calmly, and no longer panic or worry.
Eventually, you won’t even need to use any sort of cues and will just be constantly “living” on Lazy Island. And you will be living, actually living. You will be bursting with happiness and fulfillment inside.
Being at peace with yourself and feeling relaxed in your surroundings no matter the circumstances is the key to happiness. Finding the “way” to Lazy Island is an integral part of finding your way to personal success and self fulfillment.
So enjoy your stay on Lazy Island. Grab that ice cold beverage and cheers!
Take it easy,
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