Getting away is one of the best ways to recharge. A change of scenery, a shift in routine, deepening family relationships.. these are ways that bring a new perspective to our senses. This enlivening activity may bring overstimulation or aggravation to balance. We are unable to calibrate our response to new environments. This can bring stress to some. I appreciate time away and find that I have a need to adventure and be active, even in my daily life.
However, my passion for travel and adventure can wreak havoc on my body. I know this, as my constitution. Vata-Pitta, can be easily agitated. If you know me, I can be moody. Travel can bring this kind of agitation, as well as a tipping of balance to imbalance. I am a big traveler and have had digestive issues since I was a child. I am doing subjective study to refine a healthy digestive system for myself. This is a lifelong study which includes my exploration in Ayurveda (the study of life).
"According to Ayurvedic principles, by understanding oneself, by identifying one's own constitution, and by recognizing sources of doshic aggravation, one can not only follow the proper guidelines to cleanse, purify, and prevent disease, but also uplift oneself into a realm of awareness previously unknown." -- Vasant Lad
A recent getaway presented an opportunity to put myself in the seat of "client". I took time to create an herbal formula to prepare for the disruption of my meals, quality of ingredients, and the added processing of restaurant and cafe foods. Including in our vacation was scheduled time to connect with nature. Adding this element to our vacation enabled us to include physical activity and exercise, as well as bonding in nature. Meditation was simple activity in a quiet beach setting. I felt the energy of the rich biodiversity of the Central coast up to Big Sur. Aliveness is very real in wild and untamed areas. I was uplifted to be in the vicinity of sea otters, elephant seals, harbor seals, so many birds, and even a pair of dolphins discovered on this trip. Oh, and we saw deer on a golf course. Rich habitats ripple positive energy into our bodies.
Drinking oxygen in our lungs in an area so rich with oxygen-promoting sea life fosters health and wellness. Understanding the special sense of place and taking time to appreciate a new environment and community builds internal strength and confidence. Travel and natural experiences can offer rich fulfillment with a mindfulness practice.