Days go by doing the same thing. We get up, turn on our phones, and the distraction begins.
The framework of our life keeps us superficial. It’s an automatic response – it preserves energy thus deemed useful from the ancient part of our body that wants us to survive.
But there’s more to life than survival. We know that when we travel and pay attention. There’s the beauty of variety, magnificence of nature, inspiration in humans and their creations.
Travel nonetheless can bring its own mindlessness. Routine happens quick and the wonderful opportunity to use the experience for our own betterment flies away just as quick as its moments.
It’s foolish to think that our behaviour will change just because we changed our surroundings. But it is indeed easier to grow mindfulness and avoid its biggest enemy, Routine, in a different environment.
The truth is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Paying attention to our own mind is almost the simplest thing – but with scary consequences. We are sometimes wary of our own selves and because we don’t spend enough time with it in the every days, it’s like a stranger. We don’t know what to expect and that unknown is enough to keep us away.
But if we’ve already started to get familiar with our mind, going away can be the biggest nudge not only to experience something new outside but also travelling deeper inside.
Take those precious moments and handle them with care. They’re easy to create: stopping by the sunset, a yoga pose in the room, the slow taste of local fruits, the view from the mountain. They’re also easy to miss as we rush through them, ticking them off of our list. Done right, the biggest takeaway from our time away is the gift of our own company.
So let me ask: on your last travel, what did you learn of yourself?
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