Staying Grounded While Traveling
The secrets on how to stay grounded while traveling are all in your mind. There’s no feeling quite like touching down and learning you’ve arrived in a foreign land. It’s a contact filled with potential and possibility, and the opportunities for adventure and experiences can seem limitless. While there is beauty in the thrill of the unknown, all of this excitement can also lead us to feel disconnected from everything we know. Nothing is familiar, and everything we are connected to is miles away. It isn’t easy to express yourself completely and fully when the native language is not your own, the map is uncharted, and the local customs are unlike anything you may have ever encountered. If you’re ever abroad and uncertain, here are some ways to remain calm and grounded so you can completely enjoy the journey.
Start with Gratitude
Whatever your reason for travel may be, if you feel yourself starting to get overwhelmed one of the best ways to keep your cool is to return to a place of gratitude. Focus on your breath, and remind yourself how fortunate you are to be in this place to begin with. Take it all in exactly as it is, and know that you are here for a reason. There is something to be gained from any new experience, and taking time to appreciate the chance to overcome a challenge and come out stronger is a great place to begin. As you breathe, trust and know that you are exactly where you need to be.
Keep Home Close
Whether you’re a frequent flyer or a first time voyager, it can be super helpful and comforting to keep something familiar with you wherever you go. This could be anything from a picture of a loved one in your wallet, to a piece of jewelry from a family member to anything else that reminds you of home. Choose an object that grounds you, that reminds you of a familiar place or person and that will make you feel safe and loved regardless of where you are.
Keep an Open Mind
Energy flows through us beginning at the crown chakra, down the spinal column before it reaches the root chakra, which is our center for grounded-ness. When the mind is open, the crown chakra is active, allowing for the energy to travel down to the root chakra re-grounding us wherever we may be. A great way to re-ground when we’ve lost our center is to simply ask for help. There’s no shame in acknowledging that we need assistance, and most people are more than happy to help when they can, be that with directions or whatever else is needed. When we recognize that we’re in need, we make space for the universe to step in and provide. Even if assistance isn’t needed, be open to trying new things. Try local foods, learn a few words of the country’s language, and be open to meeting new people and stepping outside your comfort zone. Keeping an open mind is an amazing way to activate your higher energy centers and keep grounded for the best possible travel experience.
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