With summer in full swing i many of us will be taking time off to travel. I have just returned from a 5-day music festival in Delaware, FireFly! We camped out in tents and spent our days walking around a huge, dirty, dry, and dust filled field. We witnessed amazing music and danced all day and through the night. I am happy to report that with proper preparation and mindfulness, I survived and feel wonderful! This week and next week I will share tips, stories, and advice on how to keep your balance while having fun and traveling.
Deciding you are going to keep on track is half the battle in terms of preparation. If you pack foods you know won’t make you feel good then most likely you aren’t going to feel good on your trip. Just because you are taking a vacation or getting away from “real life” doesn’t mean you have to throw all the work and effort you have been putting into your body out the window!
Let’s get a little deeper shall we? Our intellect is constantly being used to make decisions. We base our decisions on what we have learned, infer and intuit to be true. When we listen deeply inside of ourselves, we find that we know how to act in ways that would bring us toward health and peace of mind. Yet, we often do not follow what we know to be true. We may choose to stay up too late, eat too much, eat the wrong foods, watch too much TV and partake of other such unhealthy behaviors in spite of the fact that we know we will not feel optimal after the behavior. This is prajnaparadha and it causes us to become sick. Our intellect is connected to both our senses and our soul. While our senses lead it astray, our soul leads it to harmony. Sadly, the whispers of the soul are hard to hear over the ruckus of the senses. Hence, we usually follow our senses’ desires.
If we consciously decide that we want to keep balance in our bodies than we will. I want you to think about what is important to you and how you would make the conscious decision to put your health first. Planning ahead is the only thing that saved me on my trip. Tomorrow I will share with you what I did to prepare for the 5 days without my normal routine!