How To Use Guided Meditations For Travel
Firstly, what is meditation? Although it seems complicated, in a nutshell, it is about bringing about awareness and allowing a healthy sense of perspective to the world around you. You shouldn't be trying to suppress your thoughts and feelings, but accepting them without discrimination.
Practising mindfulness will allow you to experience the 'present' and be fully engaged with your surroundings. Believe it or not, meditation is a skill, so you'll need to take time to practice, but remember, no meditation is perfect – you might lose your breath or be interrupted, but that's OK, just enjoy your journey.
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Where Do I Practice?
This is a personal choice. However, it is recommended that you find a place of peace and tranquillity in a natural environment where you can appreciate the sound of the wind in the trees or the crashing of waves. We focus on our breathing, so find some clean, fresh air.
Being surrounded by Mother Nature is meditative in itself, everything that surrounds us has its vibration and energy, which allow us to heal.
What Do I Need To Do?
We, through meditation, want to become present and accept the moment without any worry or preconceived thoughts. There are many ways to do this; you just need to find the right way for you to ensure that you feel light and comfortable.
Following mediations on platforms such as Instagram or YouTube can be very helpful as there are many free tutorials where you can easily follow along from your smart device.
Sitting, in a chosen position, on a pillow or yoga mat is a good place to start.
From there, consider some peaceful music or lighting incense to help you relax.
Rise & Shine
You can't beat a magical sunrise when you are travelling. It's the best start to the day, not only can you experience the morning without throngs of people and the humdrum sounds of traffic, but you dictate the direction of your day.
Waking up at the crack of dawn gives you the added advantage of quite literally having more hours in your day.
So wake up to the sounds of the birds and begin your magical day with some mindfulness and meditation.
When you wake, sit up straight, take some deep breaths. Spend between 15 and 20 minutes giving attention to the rise and fall of your chest. Breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth.
Pay attention to your thoughts as they come and go; they will be like clouds that scutter across the sky.
Have gratitude for the 'now', and for the time ahead, this is how you direct the purpose of your day.
Try Meditation Apps
Many of us may find it difficult to 'switch off' so you might find that guided meditation helps you move from conscious to subconscious activity while being guided by a voice.
Numerous apps are developed to help individuals reach a place of peace through various guided meditations, podcasts and talks.
If you don't have a teacher, the guides are a great place to start whilst you are travelling.
Many apps offer free sessions, including Calm.
Join A Class
Wherever you are in the world, there will be a community yoga or meditation class that you can join. Not only does it allow you to exercise your mind and body simultaneously, but it connects you to other like minded people.
The finale of your practice is called 'savasana' which translates, quite literally, into 'corpse pose'. You will lie on your back and spend between 10 – 15 minutes relaxing whilst music plays, and you are encouraged to drift off into your subconscious.
After your practice, you'll be left in a state of calm and feel more aware of your surroundings. Not only does this make you feel great, but awareness is prerequisite of travelling safely.
By habitually taking part in meditation, yoga and savasana practices, your body will benefit not only from the physical benefits, but it will also allow for a powerful connection between your body and mind and give you space for deep reflection.
Crystals are known to have tremendous physical and emotional benefits and promote the flow of positive energy whilst helping rid the body of any negativities.
There are a vast number of crystals, and each is filled with their abilities for healing the mind, body and soul.
You can be attracted to their colour, shape and texture.
If you are in tune, then your body will be able to identify what it needs to heal. You can find helpful guides and books for the meaning of each crystal.
These crystals help to create a harmonic space and allow breathing space while meditating, resting with more ease and being able to relax, knowing that your space is a healthier environment. Encased within resin shapes are pieces of various metals and beautiful crystals that combine to create a high-frequency output and filter to remove negative frequencies.
An orgonite is created by meticulously layering organic and inorganic materials that harness vibrant life force energies, and with amplification, a definite sensation can be felt.
Essential Items For Meditation
The truth? There are no essentials for practicing meditation - only yourself. However, with every type of practice, there are elements that can ideally support you on your journey.
If you are looking to further your mediation time, add comfort or create a space, try some of these beautiful items that are purposefully designed for meditation. They also make lovely gift ideas!
My hope is that these simple ‘how-to’ tips will bring about positive change and a sense of connecting to who you are with Mother Nature. Integrating meditation into your travel routine is a wonderful way to stay calm and create new intentions for your travel journey.
Start by journaling your three new mediation goals today!