As many of you know, I have been in Mexico for the past few weeks – first leading a 17 day 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and then hitting the road for some adventure and exploration. Today I wrapped up a 7 day trip to the interior cities of Guanajuato and Guadalajara (you can see the pictures on my Facebook page). And what an incredible week it was: art, music, gastronomy, architecture, history, culture – with each day beginning as a mystery and blossoming into delights of discovery. I adore traveling, because at its essence, it is an opportunity to feel more connected to the world around me.
There are also many other wonderful reasons to travel. Here are just a few:
- Experiencing a new culture – being somewhere new allows you to fully immerse yourself and appreciate that new place from a place of deep feeling – from the people, the language, the food, the cultural practices and everything in between. This world we live in is pretty incredible and we can gain so much appreciation for beauty of humanity when we take a trip.
- Stepping out of our comfort zone – nothing like exploring a different culture to take on the unfamiliar. Is it hard sometimes? Sure is – especially for an introvert like me. But great things can lie on the other side of fear. The exhilaration of trying something new and expanding your horizons can’t be beat.
- Getting creative – traveling makes you think out of the box and get innovative. Especially when you don’t speak the language! Studies show that people who travel think more creatively and are better at adjusting to new situations. That’s a great skill to bring home into your regular life.
- Friendships – some of my best travel memories are of the incredible people I have met along the way. Some I am still in touch with 25+ years later! And this trip was no exception – we made a heartfelt connection with our landlady Elvira who took us to the most unexpected places (including a telescope star viewing with the head astrophysicist at the top of the university). The kindness and generosity of people abounds and the global network of friendships is strengthened with every connection.
- Patience and Presence – when traveling, many things happen that are outside of our control. Losing your patience, especially in a different culture, rarely has a positive outcome. And maybe if things always went smoothly, the adventure wouldn’t exist. A few deep breaths and going with the flow is a great practice and maybe with enough opportunities, might stick upon the return home.
What do you love most about traveling? Send me a note and share your stories and adventures – I’d love to hear from you.
love & pranams,