For someone that works within IT and running a blog means I spend a lot of time on the laptop or peering at one gadget or another. This means that even when I am not at work I will find myself on the laptop, iPad or phone. With only 24 hours in the day, doing this 7 days a week can take its toll on you. This is a recipe for anxiety ridden days sometimes with an endless to-do list. After much resistance from Mr Awesome, I finally agreed to take a break from all gadgets, with the exception of my trusted Nikon - hence why I have pictures for you. So last weekend I retreated to Norfolk with Mr Awesome and with a few of his friends. This was not just any weekend but a Reiki Weekend Retreat. They rented out the Coastguard Cottage, cozy and beautifully decorated with a nautical theme.
For those of you that don't know about Reiki, its a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. I have had Reiki sessions before but this was going to be a weekend of pure relaxation and not having to lift a finger. Actually that last part I only found out about it when I got there. I couldn't object to being looked after for the whole weekend.
From the moment we arrived on Friday night, as soon as we parked car, I had to keep still for a moment because I just wanted to take it all in. We arrived late, it was pitch black with a few lights around but the sky was glowing, the moon was out and the stars, oh my goodness. Living in busy and brightly lit London its not everyday I get to stare at the sky and see the diamond dusted blanket of stars shinning down on me. The stillness of the moment was only interrupted by the sound of crashing waves on the beach. I was now too excited to sleep considering we drove 3 hours from London and arrived shortly before midnight.
The following morning got off to a fresh start with meditation on the beach before breakfast. Cool, fresh breeze, low waves teasing the shoreline. I could really get used to this. Endless sea beyond, not a boat or ship afloat. We headed back to the cottage shortly after the meditation session. Breakfast was served with a side of laughter as the table was filled with good food and good company. Laughter is truly the best therapy around and you cannot ask for more when you have a weekend filled with it. Later on, on Saturday I had another Reiki Session with Sarah. The session leaves you feeling wonderful, in dream like state and just blissfully peaceful. During the session you feel a tingle as she moves around you. I woke up feeling relaxed and just wishing I could have stayed in that moment forever.
On Sunday Mr Awesome and I spent some time exploring the shoreline and we couldn't have done it at a better time as the sun was out and it was incredibly warm. I was surprised to be running around in wellies on the beach with no jacket on because it was that warmth that just feels so cozy and homely and comfortable. It must have taken a few of the locals by surprise too as on the way because they were all coming out of the wood works to sun bath. With a few bringing out their kayaks. For anyone visiting or living in the UK, don't be so keen to fly off the island. Mundesley sits on the coast of North Norfolk and with a population of around 2,500 it is very much unspoilt. Norfolk or Mundesley Beach to be more specific, could so easily be somewhere I could spend a week just chilling and recovering from the hustle and bustle of London or any major city. Its scenic, the people in the little village are friendly and the miles and miles the beach extends for leaves you wanting to check on the cottage prices around the village so you could forever relive the blissful serenity on offer in this quaint English seaside resort.
This post is part of the #SundayTraveler blog hop hosted by Chasing The Donkey