“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
There’s no limit to the amount of passion we can experience. For instance, one of my greatest passions is fulfilling my purpose. And my purpose involves enhancing my consciousness, expanding my awareness, and creating greater density in my energy field. Travel certainly supports those aspects of my greater purpose. Yet, it can only really do that if the experiences and knowledge learned are integrated into my authentic being.
Many times we travel and are simply observers. We witness the sights, endure the change in our routine, and perhaps enjoy the rest from our work. But, have we actually been changed by the experience? Are we significantly altered in our consciousness or existence?
Think about a trip you have taken, and consider whether the experience actually made a change in who you are as a soul and as a personality. Did you learn something that you are now applying? (Even if that is something simple like greater tolerance or patience.) Has the experience changed you in ways other than simply having stories and photos to share?
Here are 3 tips for integrating your travel adventures into your consciousness:
Tip #1: Examine your behaviors and attitudes
We need to be prepared to adjust to other people, cultures, behaviors, attitudes, and agendas when traveling. Because travel takes us out of our comfort zone, it challenges our beliefs and tolerance. Our reactions can certainly put a damper on our travel experience as well as those around us.
What if changes in schedules and plans didn’t upset you? What if you decided to have a good time no matter what was going on?
What if you took control of the only thing you truly can control; your own reactions and responses?
Imagine traveling across the US in a covered wagon (and perhaps you did in a past life). Wouldn’t it be odd to think that someone would embark on such a journey but be intolerant of dust, bad food, a bumpy road, or equipment failure? Wouldn’t you expect the travel party to be as prepared as possible, and then be creative in handling whatever came their way unexpectedly?
Tip #2: Be willing to experience something differently
Become more than an observer while you are traveling. Rather than just witnessing a cultural difference, go through the motions yourself. Whether it is learning a new dance step, including foreign words in your conversations or journal, or preparing a food dish with a new ingredient—just try it, do it, experience it through action and movement.
Train your mind and body to do something new and different. One of the ways I expand my horizons is by trying new foods – roasted grubs and guinea pig in Peru, crickets in Thailand, coconut donuts in Laos. The last is my favorite, but they were all delicious—and I now own those experiences!
The added benefit is that as you build this muscle you will find yourself living an expanded version of the rest of your life too!
Tip #3: Be open to new and different perspectives
Imagine the world from the eyes of the people you encounter. If you live in a hectic, fast-paced culture filled with anxiety and deadlines try to slow down and see and feel the beauty of the world as through the eyes and energy of those people you encounter in the world. Merge with your environment.
How do they calmly enjoy the day with a smile on their face? How do they sit there peacefully meditating or creating offerings for the temple? What is it like to be more concerned with karma than making money? And how can you add some of that into your own life on a regular basis?
While traveling in Cambodia there was evidence everywhere of the struggles the people went through during the Khmer Rouge regime. Yet, the people we encountered were gentle, calm, and quick with a smile. In Bali, one member of a family would devote their day to making lovely and intricate flower offerings to be placed in front of businesses, temples, alters, and along the streets. They value their spiritual lives, and make that a part of their daily activities. Imagine keeping the influence of the spiritual world in the forefront of your mind throughout the day. You will have created new memories, beliefs and attitudes that will continue to serve you well as you return to your home and regular daily activities.
Doing things differently, being in new places and situations, and having to draw on our creativity and ability to adjust are all powerful ways to increase the depth and breadth of our souls. If you want to expand your knowledge and integrate your experiences of life, then follow that yearning; get out there and live. Let your experiences make an impression upon you. Allow them to alter and make you a deeper, more interesting creature by shaking up the old patterns and creating new ones in their place.
Integrate your experiences so you grow and evolve as a person, a character, and as a soul.
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