We are a generation of daydreamers and night thinkers. Never
before has humanity had the potential to be so connected – to each
other, to information, to the faraway. So why are we so
disconnected from ourselves?
Our minds are full. If black is the absence of color, our world is
blinding white – all the color, all the sound, all at once. Yet we are
rarely mindful. We daydream but lie awake with an insomniac’s
thoughts. We need to learn to dream in the present tense.
When you travel you find a space were doing is dreaming. You have
the opportunity to live mindfully. On a veranda in Siem Reap –
rickety and hot – my yoga teacher* asked me how often I really
taste my food. When I think of him I remember his mustache and
the imperative to be present.
Heliophilia (n.) Love of Sunlight.
Most of us are Heliophiliacs at heart. Prostate and near naked, on a
beach holiday we worship at the altar of the sun. Rarely do we take
a moment of our day-to-day life to pay this tribute. Travel puts
space between yourself and the everyday. You get the chance to
bask in sunlight, taste new foods or notice your breath getting
shorter as you climb higher.
Often, your suitcase will be heavier on the trip home. We try to
solidify our memories into something we can take home with us. On
your next trip, if you are gong to souvenir one thing, let it be this:
A Brainstorm: Everyday Ways to Practice Mindfulness.
- Take some distance from social media and make memories
that no one else knows about.
- Notice coincidences. There is magic in serendipity.
- Shower in the dark.
- Fill your world with interesting scents; Light candles, burn
incense, gather flowers.
- Taste the fullness, don’t just eat to get full.
- Get lost in the right direction. Wander without path or plan.
- Talk to a stranger.
- Unclench your hands.
Alexandra Lembke is an innocent who followed her wanderlust abroad. Over the last year she has travelled across six continents as learns and writes about alternative lifestyles and wellbeing.