Guest blog by Andrea Hill
After reading and learning so much about Buddhism, Meditation and Higher Consciousness, I was beginning to feel that all that I was reading was becoming repetitive.
I had been dreaming of taking a journey across the world for a long time and in one of my meditation sessions at sunrise, that same vision crossed my mind. A year later, the situation at work seemed to begin to fall apart. That great job, that America dream wasn’t making much sense anymore. Instead of seeing it as a downfall, I read it as a sign. The opportunity to finally ‘Walk the Talk’.
And so it was, I sold my home, my car, the television set, I let go of the job, and gave away many, many material things. A month of chaos is what it took, to uproot my life, so to clean the weeds out of my path, to finally let go and face the unknown.
I was about to face a great challenge with many lessons to be learned.
Quite a few asked in their own version of words, “Do you not fear of what you are about to do?” “No”, I would reply. “Finally, I have faith in my inner voice and feel free of the opinions of what others have to say of what should be done.”
So, by reducing my belongings to a suitcase, a lap top, a credit card, and my naked soul, I sat on a jumbo jet, heading towards my first stop in Europe.
A place that I use to call home.
I let go of the old and greeted the new experiences which awaited me, because I had made the choice. Bye bye Miami, Hello inner-world.
And so through the months of travel, I was able to embody, those many aspects of spiritual consciousness that I had read and lived it, in my day to day journey, of which I will share with you all.
The tips I discovered
It was many, many years ago, that I had started dreaming about traveling the world. If you dream it, you can do it. Life is nothing but a dream. All it takes is desire, patience, and focus to make it become a reality.
Choose your Path
Learning about where you may go, or how to travel plays an important part in how comfortable you will feel about your choices. Gather as much information as you can; from web-sites, books, organizations, etc. so that if one thing does not work, you have another path to follow.
This may be difficult for some us. It’s so easy to grow comfortable in our familiar attachments. Let us call it the ‘Comfort Zone’. But once released….what a load off of one’s back. Just imagine carrying a suitcase with every single thing that you own. Give away, donate, those many, many things that you don’t really need. Let go and be free!
Face the unknown
It’s so easy to be scared of false fears and not dare while you travel. Just always have a plan B and C, if you can. So just to know that, you can always choose the other door.
Live in the Now
If things don’t go as expected, relax. You’ll figure it out. Just realize it will take some time to re-organize your direction. Try to start re-planning after 1 night of good sleep. With a clearer mind, one keeps situations in perspective, and you might learn how to say ‘whatever’.
Go with the flow
It’s good to have plan B and C ready when it is time for a change, but hey! Learn how to flip the coin. Give up to resistance and go with the flow. Just in case if plan Z happens to come along the way. Learn to expect the unexpected.
Express your gratitude
When one expresses their gratitude in a modest way, for all good things, your energy is more positive and your vibration will be felt by others. Within that space, others who feel the same will enjoy offering or sharing with you. Even a simple ‘Thanks’ will do.
Let go of Judgment
Surrender impatience when unfamiliar with other cultures. Let go of judgment of ways that are different from yours. Loose the expectation that it must be the way of which, you are familiar to. Enjoy the people and experiences in life.
Be conscious of the image that you project when traveling in different cultures. Be conscious of what you see. Be conscious of what you say. Be conscious of your intentions and thoughts.
Cultivate awareness and become aware. Don’t get carried away in your own self indulgence. Look where you are going while traveling in unfamiliar places. Protect yourself and avoid negative influences. Create your boundaries with awareness. Learn when to say ‘no’.
Celebrate your Inner-Goddess / God
Let yourself change and grow. Break the habits of old ways while in the different environments that you may go. Celebrate who you are. Take off the mask and make time to be with yourself. Learn to cherish your beauty within and celebrate your soul.
Listen to your inner-voice
Turn the switch on, to that inner-voice. Overcome the resistance. Follow your instincts. Recognize the signs. Listen to your inner-voice. Let your intuition help guide you. Don’t just follow the map. Trust that feeling, and go through that open door.
Balance: Yin and Yang
Neutralize the conflict that may arise when confused. Understand your mind. Learn to deal and identify the emotions that you may feel while traveling in different parts of the world.
Align your chakras
Take time to quiet the mind. To breathe deeply, to meditate and let your creative self flow. Take time to re-fresh yourself. Listen to your body. And take the courage to be. Return to the source and find your inner-peace.
Believe in the magic of life! Risk being alive! Because the magic is in you. Have faith and your life will never be the same.
Salute the Universe!
Align yourself with the natural cycles of life and believe in the universe that we all share. Appreciate the beauty while loving your surroundings and learn from the experiences that you may encounter. Understand the language that nature speaks, and it will all be good!
Peace and safe travels!
Andrea started working in the leisure/corporate travel and events planning while living in Paris in the late 1980’s. She was blessed with the opportunity to travel all around the world while coordinating travel groups. After living a shift towards consciousness, she decided to Let Go of what was considered her Comfort Zone, and decided to traveled around the world on a Sabbatical Journey to ‘walk the talk’ and winded up living in Bali in 2003. It was there in Bali, where she conceptualized Body and Mind Retreats, which later on in time blossomed into Bali Wellness Retreat & Bali Yoga Travel.
Check out Andrea’s upcoming retreat: Herbal & Juice Cleanse Yoga Retreat in Bali, February 2014