Use Travelling to Infuse Every Day with Mindfulness and Wonder.

I remember thinking to myself, soak in this moment. I was walking down a beach in Koh Samui, Thailand. The 11 hour time difference had my body sharply awake at 4 am and I decided to leave my hostel bed for a morning meditation.

My feet were gently sinking into the wet sand. The ocean was sprinkled with boats, bobbing in the distance for a morning fishing trip. The air was that perfect temperature, the one that wraps you up effortlessly in its arms as you step outside.

I was completely alone. Back at the hostel, everyone was still sleeping off the previous evening of Chang beers and jet lag. I was grateful to start my trip with a peaceful silence.

Travelling Gifts You with Perspective.

Travelling Thailand was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. It wasn’t the trip I expected, but it both overwhelmed and surprised me with adventure. I was surrounded by people for the entirety of my trip. After boarding my plane home I recall greeting the flight attendant, buckling myself in, feeling the wheels leave the tarmac, and bursting into tears.

A smile spread across my face; this was all-consuming gratitude. It was welling up inside me until it had to spill over. It was only in my time of solitude that I could fully grasp all of the experiences I had just lived. I told myself, soak in this moment. I hurriedly journaled a day-by-day recollection of the events while they were still fresh in my mind.

Soak in the moment.

I’ve recognized that I don’t need to be combing an island beach to soak in the moment.  The truth is, i’ve felt just as content curled up in my basement apartment bedroom in a bustling city, reading a book on the streetcar, and even waiting in line for my coffee before work. I don’t want moments in my life to become a means to an end. I want every moment to be valuable and precious.

I’m done waiting for “something to look forward to” to motivate me to roll out of bed in the morning. I don’t want to hurry into the weekend, or stare at the calendar until my next trip, or even get impatient in the uber when I’m late to my 9-5. I want to soak it all in.

Today’s Practice:

Treat your home today like it’s a foreign country you are visiting for the first time. Look at the things you see every day with fresh eyes. When you feel as if you’re rushing from one place to the next, tell yourself this is where you’re meant to be right now and soak it in.