When is your next vacation? If you don’t have one scheduled, I highly recommend you start planning one.
Vacations get you out of your routine. When we are on vacation and traveling to new places we are more present, more connected to our senses, which means we are more embodied. This is important! When we are more present in our bodies, we spend more time listening to our hearts, and less time ruminating in our heads. Travel is your time to break free and listen to yourself. This is your time to tap into your internal compass and to listen to your intuition.
When you take a vacation you strengthen your connection to your humanity, ultimately you become a more sensitive being. Vacation keeps you human. Vacation reminds you that you are more than just a cog in the wheel. More than just a widget maker or counter. When you are on vacation you have the time and energy to look around and notice the glorious beauty around you. You have time to stop and smell the roses and to become present with your surroundings. When you travel you learn about other cultures, other customs, other ways of spending this precious lifetime.
I remember the first time I traveled to Italy and was astounded that they don’t have “to go” cups in cafes. It was simply not done! You drink your coffee out of a nice cup and you enjoy the moment gathering with others at the counter. Most places didn’t do take-out either. You eat there. At the time I drank my coffee and ate my bagel while I drove to work. Brushing the crumbs from my lap when I got out of the car and raced to my desk. Just knowing there was a place somewhere else in the world where people were mindfully eating and drinking shifted my perception of what was possible. Today, I don’t eat my breakfast on the freeway and I’m a much happier person.
What might you learn if you were to get our of your rut and go explore? Where have you dreamt of going? Belize? Paris? Egypt? Alaska? Thailand? Peru? Kenya? New Zealand? South Africa? Hawaii? There’s a big beautiful world out there just waiting to show you her many wonders.