August 17, 2015

Travel and practice.

|| "Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our heart. We trust strangers. We free ourselves of labels. We willingly lose control. We love the unfamiliar. We search for better questions, not answers. We truly graduate. We transform." || 

I dipped my toes in some turquoise water while practicing how to replace fear with gratitude last week. THAT very practice is truly THE way to be humbled and aware that every moment is a purposeful gift from God. 

Space, prayer, gratitude, and saying yes to FUN is a sure way to feel free, alive, and aware. The human spirit, my human spirit, requires new air, new scenery, new adventures to expand and rejuvenate. I truly feel travel makes humans richer, wiser, happier, and more fulfilled. 

You know why? 

Because when we travel, we just let go. All our wounds, all our mistakes, all our intentions, all our fears, temporarily disappear; this is a beautiful concept. It's called space. A gap in reality, a break from routine. It's a true reminder of how small we really are and how often we consume our lives with doubt, hurt, anger, insecurity, fear, and scarcity. Sometimes just a few hours inhaling ocean air is enough to finally forgive, or finally apologize, or finally accept, or finally exhale all the ugly messes bottled inside our souls. Sometimes it's a platform for deep conversations and a memory book of experiences with those we love. I'm certain that being plucked out of routine and landing on new soil is a sure route to expansion and a definite medicine to help bandage open wounds. 

Are you saying yes to stepping just beyond your comfort zone?

Travel makes me feel small and intensely curious. It makes me feel open and acutely aware of God's ridiculous creativity. How can one not feel completely humbled by vast landscape, vivid color, and unique faces and culture?

Travel is a choice. One I vow to continue, to teach my children, to say YES to over and over again. It's love from my toes to my nose. It's awareness. It's freedom. It's the best classroom. A healthy counseling appointment. I encourage you to pick your next spot. Dream the details and pour them into your soul. You'll never regret it, this I promise you. 

If you feel that bubble of excitement, follow it. You don't need a partner, you don't need a lot of money, you don't need anything other than a dreaming mind and an open heart. Create your dream board. Ask yourself if you need to step away to connect with the outside world to transform your inside world. 

JUST GO. The rest will fall into place. 


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