Meditation and Travel

Tonight was the first night I attended my local Buddhist Meditation Study Group in over a month.  I had been traveling for ~2.5 weeks, and unfortunately did not squeeze in any meditation time during travels.

When you’re on the road for so long, your mind, or at least mine, just goes to “how can I make myself feel most at home?” or “how can I make myself feel most comfortable?”  I hit 3 cities in 5 days… and in that time my ways of calming down, of making myself feel at home, of feeling more comfortable ultimately pinned down to staying indoors, watching Netflix, or taking with close friends.  It’s hard, sometimes you make promises to yourself to be more outgoing, more energetic, more curious, and then when you’re taking out of your comfort zone you tend to clam up and resort to what is familiar.

That is what I think goes wrong for me when I’m traveling.  You have this intimate perception of getting out of the norm, going to a new place, eating better food, walking over driving, but at some point you do get homesick, and you do feel out of your norm.  You view it as a disturbance of your inner peace.  Then, you go into a vicious circle of thinking about how homesick you are, and then that takes you away from enjoying those fine moments when traveling.

I want to make a promise to myself that next time I travel, I try to meditate in the morning and in the evening at least once.  Why?  I want to start my morning with that freshness, and that perspective that focuses inward and maintains inner balance.  And that’s how I want to close out the evening and soothe myself into sleep.

Balance is everywhere.  When in routine, you’re just used to finding it in familiar and common places.  Push yourself to find it in new, creative ways when you’re out of your element. 

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My Starting Point

For now, this blog is for me. 

I haven’t told anyone about Buddhafully Modern…yet.   To be frank, today is Sunday November 19th at 20:50 and the idea to start this blog came to mind on Sunday November 19th at 09:55.   Within 12 hours, I was inspired to get it going.


So what is the blog for?

To grow in anything, you need to commit.  You need to practice.  You need to be inspired.  You need to be motivated.   For me, I’m trying to grow my Buddhist practice, particularly through meditation, consciousness, awareness, and yoga.  Those are my key pillars.  And to make my journey more meaningful,  I want to commit to not only practicing what I view as Buddhism, but also reflecting on it.  What did I learn today?  What actions of mine am I proud of?  What are my goals for tomorrow?  Who impacted me today?  These are all key questions I hope to address in the blog moving forward.

And by blog, I mean diary.  Like I said: for now, this blog is for me.