I believe finding yourself through travel is a true way to regroup with your Essence, your self. Years ago I traveled to Honduras and India to bring home my children. It was the beginning of finding my love and appreciation of travel. When I travel to a new country, I have what Buddhist call beginner’s mind. Everything is new as I am experiencing everything for the first time. It is a wonderful experience because I am also experiencing parts of me for the first time. I am aware of my need to communicate with a second language and how challenging that is. I am aware of what it feels like to be a minority. I am aware of what it feels like to be a mother for the first time. I am not confident in the culture of the countries and it is so fun to experience things as new and find things about myself as new.
Later I found that traveling to peaceful islands or places near the ocean brings me to a different part of myself. I find that the water gives me such peace and tranquility that my Inner Essence Practice can be fueled by the time I spend near the water. My favorite place is an island in the Bahamas called Eleuthera. It is about 100 miles long and seven miles wide. The Carribean is on one side and the Atlantic is on the other. There is very little tourism. The island has one main road down the middle of the island. I am able to be with my Essence in a calm, supportive environment which strengthens my ability to be in my Inner Essence Journey. It is challenging to be on my journey some days in my busy city with all my life demands in my face. I want to be able to practice my Inner Essence Journey everywhere but once in a while, it is nice to go somewhere quiet, beautiful, and peaceful to energize myself and strengthen my desire and ability to live from my heart. Most of the people on this island are perfect examples of living from your heart. They are compassionate, loving, caring, and helpful. There are no feelings of greed, judgment, or anger. Each time I leave the island I am ready to bring their ability to live from their heart back home with me. Eleuthera is my “go to” place when I need to travel to a place that I can rest, relax, meditate, do yoga, eat healthily, go on long walks on empty beaches and find my true self, my Essence, again.
Some journeyers find that going to a spa to rest and relax, eat a healthy diet, get massages and meditate in the mountains, the desert or on a beach by the ocean. Others find a way to strengthen their Inner Essence by going to a retreat center or an ashram or monastery.
I am sure you have your favorite spot that supports your Essence. This place should be a place that you go to find yourself again and spend time there find your true self again. Some people feel the mountains do that for them. Camping high in the mountains brings them closer to their Essence. Others like to be in a big city in a different country where no one knows you. You can immerse yourself in their culture and see yourself through new eyes.
Finding yourself through travel can be a powerful component to your Inner Essence Project.
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