5 Spiritual Lessons I've Learned Traveling
Every day we grow in small ways and sometimes in very significant ways. When traveling solo one's growth is intensified because you find yourself in new environments and learning every step of the way.
It was when I finally started traveling that my personal and spiritual growth escalated to another level. Travel has tested my self-imposed boundaries, opened my eyes and mind to endless possibilities, and transformed me into a whole new being.
Traveling alone has taught me independence, improved my confidence, and has truly deepened my intuition. I’ve been learning a lot about my strengths and weaknesses; Ultimately, I’ve discovered that I’m capable of archiving my wildest dreams and reach to greater heights if I just trust in a loving Father in Heaven. The beauty of it all is I’m never really all alone, but I have a Heavenly father who has provided me the assistance of people in countries I visit, who I can talk to or ask for help.
My spirituality has taken a whole new meaning and I thought it appropriate to share some of many lessons that I have learned since I began this intensive yet awakening journey.
The first spiritual lesson I’ve learned is that, I can really only do one thing at a time! So, I need to learn to do them wholeheartedly. Most of our time is spent in the past or the future, rather than the present moment. When I live in the past or future, I miss out on the freedom and peace the now has to offer.
Since traveling I’ve become more aware and quicker when I lose sight of the present. As soon as I begin to feel irritated or caught up in how I want things to turn out, I stop and ask God for help and He never disappoints. I must stay in the present as if my life depends on it because, at times, being in a foreign country it truly does. Besides, what’s the point of traveling if it means missing out on what each country has to offer.
I'm learning to live in the moment and what it means to fully experience it.
When travelling, there are delays, cancellations, or disruptions that are beyond our control. At times you have to deal with weather, mechanical challenges, and long lines at immigrations or customs.
I’ve adopted the mind-set that “it’s out of my control” or “I’ll get there when I get there”. So far, delays have been blessings in more ways than I can tell. As much as I’m traveling to fulfil a dream, but I’m on my Heavenly Fathers errant and He's in control. There are people I need to serve, places to see, cultures and lessons he wants me to learn, but He needs me to learn to trust Him and His timing fully.
Patience is a heavenly virtue we all need to learn.
When you travel to a country where English is not the first language or native language for that matter, you have to listen much more to the Holy Spirit or your intuition. Sensitivity is vital in ones spiritual growth.
Multi-tasking is the norm in the modern world. But in order to pick up on the details, it’s important to uphold a certain level of focus. By actively listening, you connect to people and/or the Holy Spirit in a different way and open yourself to hearing what they have to teach you.
I’ve adopted a fine attribute since I began this journey. When I’m having a conversation with someone I actually put my devices down and to fully tune into the conversation. This encourages the mind to be present in order to listen fully to what the person is saying or to what the holy spirit would have me say.
Speaking from experience, it’s easy to get burnt out while on the road. But the most important thing, and the hard thing, is to be grateful for all of it. I usually remind myself that, there are thousands of other people across the world who would love to trade place with me! The easy part is that travel has actually help me feel more grateful. There are countless ways to practice being grateful. For example, I’ve chosen to:
• keep a journal and list regularly the things I’m grateful for.
• My favourite way to invoke gratitude everyday is by saying a gratitude prayer daily.
One regret I don’t want to have throughout my travels is not spending more time in certain places. Rapid-fire tours through multiple countries in a ridiculously short amount of time is a style of travel that has somehow become popular today. I prefer to explore fully what a city or country can offer. There are amazing people to befriend, beautiful landscape to see, interesting cultures to observe, so I’ve learned to take my time and enjoy fully this journey I’m on.
I understand that not everybody can leave their jobs or families for months on end. Also, some people simply aren’t the type to enjoy long-term travel. If you have just two weeks, go to ONE place, and really absorb it. Don’t try to consume experiences.
Whatever you do, and wherever you go, just allow yourself enough time to experience the world around you. Make a commitment to yourself, your own growth, and your journey.
Each one of us is a tiny part of the universe. By listening to others, appreciating their cultures, ideas, religions, ways of life, joys and struggles; my own knowledge, compassion and perspectives have deepened and expand. This has strengthened my understanding that we’re all more alike than we're different. Because at the core of it all, we're all seeking the same thing. And that is to feel love, joy, peace, and happiness.