Meaningful travel can give you a taste of profound fulfillment.
What would constitute a travel journey meaningful? I suspect it is about how much it changes you. It can change you in so many ways, depending on your openness to it. Meaningful travel will deliver its goods on internal plane of your existence. It will change your perspective on your relationships to others and the world at large. The biggest prize that you can give yourself is a gained insight. That's what makes therapeutic travel a soul nurturing experience.
Main feature of meaningful travel is that it expands your life experience rapidly. When you are traveling solo and crafting your itinerary, your day is anything but ordinary. Compared to the routine life that you left behind, it is full of decisions that are packed with experience.
You might be choosing where to have breakfast after you woke up. You might be learning a few words from a phrase book so you could order the food you like. After that you might be renting a motorbike, drive outside the city to the jungle where you would be ready for a ride on a back of an elephant. Your life suddenly is compacted with numerous events and it requires your absolute mindful presence.
Certain days might feel like you are alive in a dream, because references to your ordinary life are not around you. You may realize that your thoughts are the only references to the life you left and soon begin to think about what makes you who you think you are.
Compare it to the day's highlight of your life back home, where you depending on the position, might be wrapping up nice sales report for the company, or be looking forward to checking on a status of your Facebook page.
Imagine you've climbed Mount Everest and here you are back home. You probably had an extraordinary adventure on the physical plane, that required much strength and determination to accomplish. It is a unique location that presents many barriers to overcome, that could not be easily known to an average traveler.
However, when you came back from the mountain, how meaningful was is for you?. What did you learn about yourself, your beliefs, your life purpose, — it's meaning and value? Was it simply a check you wanted to put on the list of things you wanted to do before you die?
How meaningful the adventure was for you? What did you learn about yourself and the way you live your life? Was it something that allowed you to experience qualities of a warrior soul?
Meaningful travel lets you connect to the very fabric of your human experience.
Meaningful travel can lead you to experiences and places where you could enter a blissful state of feeling the most alive.
You can align with your soul purpose and experience it's qualities as a state, independent of concepts.
The feelings might be evoked by sensing a reference of soul's essence through the realm of perceptual senses. And the beauty of it is that it is spontaneous. It is like finding a treasure within deeply felt experience.
You may notice that meaningful travel could nurture your soul with inspiration and intimate encounter of your being, free from definitions reinforced by your job, relationships, things you own and where you live. Having removed yourself from material attachments, you might even catch an insight into relative shortness of your earthly presence, and ask: "what is my personal life purpose"?
It doesn't need to be anything grandiose, but the question will point to how much do you value your time. That is a realm of soul therapy, since you might be inspired to reassess your priorities and choose the ones that are aligned with your heart's desire.
While travel inspiration will prompt you to take actions and set the wheel in motion for your journey, accepting responsibility for the consequences of that impulse will let you feel empowered.
Personal power only comes from taking responsibility for the results; however small the decision might be. You decided to fly across the continent to a place that is not familiar to you, and you are on your way.
It is powerful fact that you changed the inertia of a daily life and ejected yourself from routine. You experience a contact with your own creative power. That is a feature of meaningful travel, — to experience direct connection to your decisions. Even if your decisions are on a small scale, the effect is felt and it is real.
Another important aspect that meaningful travel is the awareness and practice of individual freedom. Nowhere else it is the most pronounced than on the travel journey. It is like being lifted from a chase of perfection in ordinary life into sublime state of being where self-consciousness is relinquished. It is replaced by acts of spontaneous creativity, which is the journey itself.
This suspension of egoic structure of self-consciousness warrants a spur, or at least a glimpse into spiritual development. Provided you pay attention to the path of consciousness, you would attain an insight into a state of non-conceptual being. Some call it Oneness, God or enlightenment. Imagine that?
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