How to grasp the concept of ‘being in the now’ while you travel
THEY always say, “There is no time like the present.”
And that is why “being in the now” is important, especially when you travel.
It sounds simple enough, but for many, it is a hard thing to do because part and parcel of traveling is planning, packing, waiting, a lot of waiting, and going. It is all very overwhelming, and it also muddles your mind.
And by the time you rock up to your desired destination, you are either:
A) Already too exhausted from all the traveling, or
B) Excitedly jumping right into it and getting into the groove of your holiday
Honestly, you have no time to “be in the now,” to just immerse yourself in the calm and live in the moment – especially not if you are busy whipping out your smartphone camera every other minute or so for the ‘gram.
So how can you grasp the concept of “being in the now” while you travel?
There are a few simple ways to channel your attention and energy into noticing the things and the sounds around you and appreciating fleeting moments.
And no, it does not require you to learn meditation or be a certified yoga guru or take you a great deal of effort, for that matter.
Here are some easy travel hacks to fully immerse yourself in your vacay:
That is right. Staying still and doing absolutely nothing is the easiest way to find pockets of calmness that will enable you to be in the moment.
In your hotel room, lie in bed or lounge on the couch or sprawl on the floor and stare into space. Enjoy the complete silence.
Let that sit for a while and take note of how relaxed you already feel because you are not rushing to anywhere or trying to figure out how to get something done.
Listen, really listen
Truth: People often confuse the terms “hear” and “listen.”
Hearing is perceiving sound by the ear, an act that simply happens. Listening, on the other hand, is something you consciously choose to do.
Concentrate on the sounds (no matter how soft or loud they are) around you, even the gentle sound of your breathing. Try to mentally point out certain sounds that your ears did not pick up before this.
Document (almost) everything
Ditch the digital notepad on your smartphone, get a small notebook from the airport and pledge to write everything down during your holiday.
At the end of your day, unleash your journaling skills by documenting what you did, where you went, how you got there, what you ate, who you met, etc. Stick some ticket stubs or receipts in it while you are at it.
It will not take up too much of your time but it will get you to reflect on your day, and it makes a good travel memento too.
Pay attention to your thoughts
Your thoughts are louder than you think. They are just often drowned out by a garble of noises from your surroundings.
Being on holiday is an excellent opportunity to pick at your own thoughts because you are removed from the noise and circumstances.
It is a good time to pay attention to your thoughts because it helps put things into perspective. Perhaps you could even chance upon a revelation or two.