How Meditating Has Helped Me Travel Long Term
I’ve been traveling the world teaching yoga for about two years now. As glamorous as that may seem, it can actually be extremely difficult bouncing around all the time. Always settling in new places, finding new routines, acclimating to new food, cultures, and weather. It’s a beautiful “problem” to solve, and it has kept life interesting and charming to me.
But it does start to wear on you.
You can only travel for so long, experiencing so many changes before your body, mind, and most of all, nervous system starts to feel ungrounded, therefore unstable. So what I’ve learned through dealing with the constant fluctuations and changes, is to find one thing that is unchanging. And the one thing in my life that became unchanging?: my daily meditation practice.
No matter where I am, who I’m with, or what time zone I’m in — I know I can rely on my morning meditation practice to keep me grounded in a feeling of stability. Grounded in a feeling of being me. A daily meditation practice has infinite benefits, but I’ve found for me, especially when I’m traveling, is when its had the most profound affect on my life.
“When everything in your life is unstable, you’d be amazed at the benefits of having one thing that is stable”
So whether you’re a traveler, in a transitional phase of life, or just desire more stability, here’s how to cultivate a practice that will guide you to stability:
How to do it:
1. Find a practice that works for you
It doesn’t have to be meditation. In yogic terms, we call a daily commitment sadhana. The point is to have a stable practice you commit to every morning — whether it’s morning prayer, a committed ashtanga practice, a run on the beach — a sadhana is something you commit to doing every single day, that helps you feel enlivened, energized, and resets your frequency right upon waking.
The key is dedication, and consistency.
Whatever you do decide to do as your sadhana, it’s important to commit to it for at least 30 days, so you can see the subtle shifts from following a consistent practice.
Although it doesn’t have to be meditation, I can’t recommend it enough. Don’t know how to meditate? Just check out my post, here, and apply this practice into your daily life.
2. Make it a habit
Believe it or not, but almost everything we do in our lives is a habit. And guess what?
If you don’t have mindful habits, you will have mindless habits.
Before I had committed to my morning sadhana practice, I spent my mornings scrolling through Instagram like it was the morning newspaper, feeling brain dead only an hour into starting my day.
Can anyone else relate?
Switch out your mindless habits for mindful habits. Guess how long it takes to make a habit? 30 days. That’s right — whatever practice you decide to cultivate, it’s crucial to stay committed for 30 days. If you miss a day, start back again at day one.
My favorite habit? It definitely has become waking up with the sun, partaking in conscious rituals such as expressing gratitude, doing breathwork, meditation, and finishing by making my favorite bulletproof latte.
Don’t let your mindless habits consume your life. Cultivate good habits that will benefit you.
1. Master coping with transitions
Being in constant transition is not easy. And as travelers, we find ourselves more often in a state of transition than not. Airports, taxis, busses, trains — switching time zones, moving from one culture to the next. Heck, one day you could be on a beach, in a bikini, and the next you could be in a Mosque covered with clothing from head to toe.
Transition: noun; the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
Yes, these changes can be fun. But the thing about transition, is that whenever there is transition, there is resistance.
When you wake up in the morning, we press the snooze button because there is resistance in the transition from sleeping to waking. When we get in a cold shower, there is resistance from the room temperature to the cold water temperature. When a baby is born — there is great resistance from the warm, comforting womb inside the mother to the bright, new environment.
There is resistance here. And yet, it is within this transition where growth and expansion occurs.
So being a traveler, constantly in transition, I’ve found that no matter where I am in the world, and no matter what time zone — when I wake up and practice my daily sadhana, I can find stability.
2. You’ll vibrate higher
Have you ever heard that what you vibrate, you attract? Have you experienced waking up on the wrong side of the bed, and somehow everything else goes wrong that day? This isn’t chance. This is a prime example demonstrating that you will attract more of where you are vibrating.
Yogi Bhajan speaks about sadhana as “the difference between fate and destiny”
Fate is rolling out of bed. But the power of sadhana is having the power to shift your magnetic field, shifting the outcome of your day.
Imagine if you could reset your vibration every single morning? Well, you can through your daily practice that works for you.
3. You’ll attract better opportunities
As we begin to vibrate higher, and reset our magnetic field, we begin to access flow state. Amazing opportunities will begin to arise, physiological change might occur, and your life overall will start to improve. Yes, just from cultivating a daily sadhana practice.
I know this probably sounds crazy. But literally everything in my life changed as soon as I started a daily meditation practice.
And if you don’t believe me — ask anybody who knows me. Everyone started asking me “how are you doing what you’re doing? How are you living such an amazing life?”
I can’t even begin to tell you how much of my life changed since beginning a committed meditation practice. I had just quit my job to travel the world, and my whole life had been turned upside down.
At the time, I didn’t know why or how my life was shifting so much.
I found myself in India a couple weeks into my travels, where I took on a sadhana practice.
And that’s when everything changed.
No matter where I was in the world, who I was with, or what I was doing, I had one thing that kept me stable every single day. And that was my morning meditation.
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