If you have never meditated during travel, you may want to know what you are missing out on. We already know how meditation has amazing benefits in our everyday hustle, however it is extremely beneficial during travel as well.
Waking up to the sun outside your window and the sea a few steps away is lovely. Imagine closing your eyes and being guided to truly connect to that bliss? Meditating for just a few minutes a day can boost well-being especially when you are already in that happy zone.
Have you ever had your luggage lost? Or had a major flight delay or even cancellation? Or a swarm of mosquitos meet you at the airport exit upon landing? Traveling isn’t always dreamy. With meditation abroad, you are always in better shape to deal with those unforseen issues that always seem to come up. The studies have shown time in and out that meditation is truly stress reducing.
Many cultures around the world don’t really know about ‘personal space’ to say the least. Have you ever rode a train in India? To say they are jam-packed would be an understatement! So the next time you are crammed in a little van with your travel group, anything that encourages compassion is a good thing. The specific meditations that focus on compassion, loving kindness and are heart opening in Project:Yourself’s Deep Dive packare examples of how meditation can keep your kindness level up with others in all the travel pickles. Retreats aren’t just an opportunity to see new sights, but also an opportunity to meet people from around over the world and what better way to meet new souls than while nurturing compassion.
It’s the beautiful tree you pass or the exotic flower you notice or even the sound of a distant waterfall. The mindfulness in meditation allows you to appreciate your surroundings. And as you will see in our upcoming retreat to Thailand, meditating in the stillness of nature can be extra special.
Meditation is all about experiencing the present moment and developing an awareness of the now. When traveling, it’s easy to slip into the trap of constantly planning your meal or site to see. When being guided in yoga or meditation during your trip, you are able to slow down and enjoy the trip.
According to Dr. Adrian Williams from an article in Head Space Magazine, meditation can also diminish the effects of jet lag. Dr. Williams states, “Meditation is a useful tool to get your mind to the right place. When sleep evades you, it can help bring calm to the body and mind.” And who doesn't like a good night's rest on vacation?