“…mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”
Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness November 4, 2015
Mindfulness is a practice rooted in ancient meditation tradition and now employed in modern-day psychology. I pondered this as a plethora of smart-phone obsessed people passed by in a mindless stupor. They were too busy looking down rather than looking up, completely missing all that surrounded them in the moment.
Travel affords an ideal opportunity to be mindful. You are constantly aware of your surroundings, breathing in every moment and experiencing a new environment through all your senses. Whether in awe of an impressive monument or enraptured by a creation of Mother Nature, all that matters is the moment and what is happening; worries and stresses seem to fade away.
Though things don’t always go according to plan (cancelled flight) and anxious moments can occur on the road (hurricane warning at your tropical destination), the practice of mindfulness helps to ensure an enjoyable and memorable experience in spite of the circumstances.
Do you practice mindfulness when you travel?