You may have been too busy on your journey to get the next itinerary, rushing to buy a ticket, arriving on time for a flight and hence forgetting to enjoy the moments of your trip, and when you come back from your trip, you are more tired that before travelling. Let’s not miss the opportunity to learn more about traveling with a peaceful mind.
What do we mean by being mindful?
According to Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA University’s Research Institute, Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment and experiencing it with freedom, attention and interest. According to her, the capacity of our minds should not be wasted in the past or in the future and should be spent in the present in order to be less passive.
In her opinion, a conscious tourist has an accepting role. He or she is a person who respects cultures and makes no effort to hold to his or her existing culture or knowledge and tries to make travelling experience as an amateur without any subjective assumptions.
The Benefits of Having Mindfulness
According to Winston, a mindful persons enjoy more moments. They are straightforward with their emotions, ready for more experiences and do not live life out of habit and automation. Such people are flexible, natural, honest, and usually comfortable with different situations. These people are much less involved in stress, making more progress, making less emotional and irrational decisions, and more comfortable and easy going than others.
How to be mindful?
- Stop: Whenever you feel you can’t go on or you have some troubles, remember the word “stop”. Letter S is for Stopping a minute. The letter T is for Taking a few deep breaths. The letter O for Observing your experiences. And finally the letter P is for Proceeing with something that will support you in the moment.
- Do not rush things: Try to look for a better opportunity to spend time rather than being in a hurry. Sometimes drinking a cup of coffee or a meal can help ease things out in your mind.
- Feel with your senses: Sometimes the best way to get rid of your thoughts that prevent you from enjoying the moment is to focus on your five senses. Consider speaking with foreign tourists or observe the sunrise and sunset or maybe taste some spicy food.
- Lay off social media: Make real connections with people and the environment.
- Capture the real events for yourself.
- Practice with yourself throughout your daily life. Mindfulness is a constant, uninterrupted process that the more you go along with it, the more you will enjoy the moments.