Whenever I am getting ready for a trip there are a few key practices that I employ to ensure a seamless experience on the many levels that I like to journey. I know that I want: connection, adventure, some alone time to feel the places that I am in, and playfulness. A holiday filled with soulfulness and joyful shenanigans is what I like to create.
(I feel, we don’t need to travel to sacred sites or holy lands to have meaningful, rich experiences. As far as I am concerned every place on this planet is amazing and holy because it is part of the whole without which the planet would not exist).
Nevertheless, traveling can be stressful. It requires the ability to improvise and go with the flow. A good traveller is flexible, like a willow tree. A conscious traveller is present, rooted regardless of whether they are sitting 40,000 feet in the air on in the back of a bumpy tuk tuk.
Here are my tips on how to travel more consciously:
- Getting Ready – Before even booking the flights and hotels, take a moment to align with yourself and become calm, fluid, and open. Know that you are about to embark on a journey and your absolute focus and clarity at this point will set the tone for the trip. If you become aware of any niggly energies, attend to them before proceeding. For example, you might feel uncertain about the weather or the language. Work through the issues consciously and lovingly until tranquility returns and make your travel arrangements.
- Know the purpose – Whether it is a holiday with family or friends, or visiting a relative, I like to sit down and meditate before the journey. I love to tune in and find out what’s the purpose of the journey for me on a deeper level. On a superficial level it may be to go to the beach, spend time with family but on a soul level, it may be an opportunity to connect with a particular person in a more profound, meaningful way or be more loving to a partner or child. I adore this exercise because it helps to guide me and stay connected to my inner truths and purposes.
- Oh the places you’ll go – The planet is a living, breathing organism that we are part of. I love to appreciate each and every place that I visit by extending gifts of gratitude through my consciousness to them. I etch out a little time to be with the places that I visit. I imagine these places before humans populated them and tune into what the nature must have been like. I visualize the many changes that have occurred over the millenia in the very spot I am sitting in.
I ask in my mind’s eye: “What gift would you like from me to be perfect balance and harmony?” I listen and wait for it to tell me. Sometimes, it is an image that I see and other times I may perceive a quality or an energy or even a word. Once I get a sense of what it is that that place wants from me, I extend it to it with a gratitude and gladness. I feel the planet is our beloved friend and I love appreciating it through my consciousness.
- Being present with people – People can be tricky to navigate on holidays. There may be high expectations placed on everyone to have a great time and get along. Or, it could be that as you travel on planes, trains and bikes that you rub shoulders with strangers. For any, or all of these experiences, I adopt an anthropologist’s mindset: being curious and inquiring. I love to learn about people and what makes them tick; their stories and ambitions. I give them and myself the permission to be spacious and to take space, as needed. Using courtesy and kindness to navigate all communications.
- What to take on a trip? – My essential travel kit includes the following:
- Essential oils – peppermint, lemon, clove, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, rose and oil of oregano. All these oils provide a compact first aid kit for anything from tummy aches to infections to clearing the air on long plane rides.
- Bentonite or charcoal – nothing like a nasty case of food poisoning or a tummy bug to cause havoc on vacation. Either of these two remedies will quicken recovery and get rid of the troublesome bacteria in the gut.
- Rose water spray – I spray this on my face to hydrate it and around me. I especially like to spray it on and above my head to clear the psychic energy.
- A cashmere shawl – I never travel without my shawl. Cashmere is worth the splurge because it is light and super cozy. A woolen one will do just fine! I have been saved by my shawl on frigid camping trips and on freezing flights. I have used it to cover my sleeping son and on walks in the evening.
- Humour – without this, a trip is just not as fun.
- On the day of travel – If I have done my due diligence (see above), I will meditate on the day of and visualize ease of travel and cultivate a calm, joyous state of mind. Then I let go. Normally, I get excited about a trip so once the meditation is done, the playful shenanigans begin!
How do you prepare for you holidays and trips? Share your thoughts with us and please share this post with someone who may be traveling in the near future.
And if you’re looking to travel more in the realms of consciousness, I am always happy to guide you.
I’m going to take a wild guess and say that you wouldn’t mind having some extra money. Am I right? Whether you’re an entrepreneur struggling with charging what you’re worth, someone approaching retirement, or simply have a long term goal you’re saving up for, I have a strategy to generate more money in your bank account.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Step One: Imagine abundance
Close your eyes.
Take a deep breath.
Fill yourself up until you can’t expand any more
Hold the breath for a couple of seconds
Very slowly exhale the breath out of your mouth
Now smile because money is coming to you.
Visualize it – raining dollars bills, bank account filling up, cheques arriving in the mail.
Repeat the exercise again.
Now close your eyes. Do you feel full? Has your anxiety lessened? Learning to release anxiety about money is the first step towards creating abundance.
Step Two: Give what you have
When it comes to money, step two is giving it away. This is a difficult energetic equation to master for most people, but you, I think, will get this right away. Remember: money is an energy and there is more than enough for everyone.
So, that being the said, imagine that you can give away $1, or $5 or $10 without flinching, and imagine a person receiving that $1, $5, $10 with absolute joy. The level of discomfort or ease you feel will indicate how trusting or not you are of life’s perpetual bounty. Give the money away with joy and open yourself to receiving. Try it more than once. Trust me, it works.
Step Three: Make space
Think of three actions that you can take to remove the blocks in your finances. Stagnation, complaining, worry are not attractive energies but they are energy. So let’s put all that energy to good use. Meditate. Sing. Dance. Apply for a job. Speak to a relative or friend about your dreams. Hold a fun(d)raiser, walk people’s dogs. A gazillion things that you can do that are the first step towards opening the gates to money.
Money is never the problem. It’s just a tool. Once we learn how to use this tool, our minds are freed up to focus on other pursuits. The exercise above will kickstart a healthier relationship with money. Just don’t forget, money can show up in expected places! Now it’s your turn to try this technique out. Go out there and practice. Share your findings in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. Make it rain, my friends!
I love it when things are easy. Want to travel halfway across the world? No problem, book a ticket. Hungry? There’s food in the fridge. Bored? Turn on HBO or listen to Spotify.
Everything within walking distance or at the tip of our fingers! Yay.
And yet, I don’t know how many times I have heard people say,”I wish things were easier” or “It’s not that simple”. I’ve even made those statements myself. What do we mean when we say we want things to be easier or look back nostalgically to “simpler” times in the past?
Could life be made more ease-filled and simplified than it already is? Yes, technology is always advancing. We have computers, cell phones, incredible transportation, convenience stores. Somehow, even as these helpful technologies meet more and more of our needs we still feel overwhelmed by life’s many demands and wish for things to be easier.
On the other hand there is the school of thought that says working hard, struggle and not having it easy makes us better people. That it is through hardship and/or hard work that we can appreciate what we have and be grateful for life’s blessings.
Here’s what I think: more of anything will make things better but after a certain point it stops adding value. Take money, for example, studies show that one year after winning the lottery, winners’ happiness levels return to where they were before they won. In the case of work, satisfying work can be energizing, connecting us to the strength of our bodies but prolonged hours of hard work can make us resentful and tired; depleting any joy and gratitude we may have. Fame may bring great recognition and appreciation of our being but after a point it can feel stifling to be under constant public scrutiny.
Take air. We have an abundance of it. We take it for granted. We don’t think too much about air quality until it is becomes too polluted to breathe. Why do things have to get bad before we appreciate what we have?
Is there a way we could appreciate ease and convenience without becoming nonchalant and neglectful? Will we only grow by going through the school of hard knocks? Are we that infantile and stubborn in our ways?
There is a way out. Always I have found being present, whether experiencing hardship or ease, to be a very productive and illuminating course to take. When we are awake and present in the experience, our interpretation and perception of what we conclude to be a hardship can change. We look to the lessons/purpose of our experiences and from there expand our wingspan to fly the heights and depths.
It isn’t always easy (ha!) but we can apply simple techniques to our daily lives to awaken our senses and experience life through a different set of lenses:
- Just ask yourself: am I awake in this experience? Whether you are working or watching TV ask yourself: am I present in this experience or am I just vegging out or complaining about the situation.
- What feelings are arising and do they serve me? During your work or leisure time, observe the quality of your thoughts: are you happy, sad, bitter, glad?
- What is my preferred state that I would like to be in? In any given situation we can choose what we would like the experience to be: we can switch from being grumpy to being OK with the way things are. We decide.
Life is both challenging and breezy. The universe does not promise a life of ease or hardship to guarantee a sense of fulfillment or wholeness. We are our own happiness makers, we decide how peaceful we feel about our lives that we are in. What can you choose today that will change your experience for the good?
Want guidance in learning how to be in your experience? Book a session with me! And don’t forget to share your thoughts with us. I love receiving your comments.