“Not I – Not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.”– Walt Whitman
I could not say it any better, or clearer.
I have had the good fortune so far in my life of traveling to many diverse countries around the world. From China, to Poland, Australia to France, each of the places I have visited has left an indelible impression on me. The history, people, food and architectural splendor of these places is inspiring. I always come home to Canada feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to take on whatever challenges may lie ahead on my journey of life. Even after my travels within Canada, I feel just as energized and re-charged.
I suspect I am not the only one who feels this way after traveling. But, I think many would agree that the “high” from traveling eventually dissipates, and we return to our daily routines. Why is this so?
Through the lens of mindfulness, the answer becomes clearer. We travel, I say, because it is a deliberate and unapologetic act of mindfulness: in attention, in intention, and in attitude to the present. The here and now.
Through my writings, I hope to impart some of my observations about how mindfulness has figured prominently in my travels (without me “knowing it” until “being it” in recent months) and how my experiences have inspired me to live my journey in the here and now, seeking out all opportunities to enrich my knowledge and appreciation of our human family with intention, attention and an open attitude of love. The end of the road is yours to behold, today.