What Travel Taught Me

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I’m currently right in the middle of travelling through Canada and the USA for a year. We’ve seen endless snow-capped peaks, hiked for days, got lost in cities, camped along the coast, walked underneath giant redwoods, witnessed the most amazing wild animals, climbed the highest mountains we’ve ever seen and swam in natural hot springs. I’m infinitely grateful for all these experiences but the most important lessons I’ve learnt these past 6 months have all been about ME.

The most important journey you have is the one within yourself – why are we so enchanted with the world when a mine of gold lies within us? Our inner journey is expansive. Why do we continually run from ourselves? Why do we ignore our consciousness? Why do we lose all sense of self? We must return to our soul. We must look inside. We must listen to our heart. We must follow our gut.

Stress is worse for your body than gluten, sugar or dairy – I’ve practiced the most restrictive diets, eliminated various food groups, felt guilty for indulging and convinced myself that food and herbs will cure everything. It’s not until I’ve been truly happy, stress-free and relaxed that I’ve healed properly. I tried to heal my digestion troubles with food and herbs alone and it’s not until I realised the true impact that stress has on digestion that I truly healed.

Life happens for you, not to you – every experience is a lesson. Trust the universe. You don’t need to control everything. Sometimes we fall down because there is something down there that we must find. Consider this each morning: from the moment you lift your head off the pillow, you have everything you need. As Rumi said, ‘Live life as though everything is rigged in your favour’.

The universe has your back – seriously. If you trust enough, you will always be supported. If you’re courageous enough to ask, you will be rewarded. It is certainly possible for you to manifest your dream life. Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in your life. I used to think manifesting was a bit woo woo but now it’s clear to me that mental imagery and positive thinking achieves goals and creates amazing change.

Health is holistic – a cleanse may assist you physically, but if you have an unhealthy mindset you will not be truly well or heal. We must view health from all angles. It’s impossible to fix or heal something using one approach only. We must engage all facets of the human body (body, mind and soul) in order to truly heal.

What has travel taught you?

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