Setting up a traveler mindset is a crucial step in preparation to travel. It is important to be prepared internally to the adventure loaded with surprising possibilities. After all we like to have an outcome of deeply satisfying experience with fun, discoveries with lessons of resourcefulness and creativity, and unexpected insights that were beyond our previous awareness.
What are the qualities of a traveler mindset that are instrumental in allowing us a smooth sailing on travel journey where a notion of control and stability most likely be seriously undermined?
"In the Seen, let be just the Seen,
In the Heard, let be just the Heard,
In the Sensed, let be just the Sensed,
In the Cognized, let be just Cognized."
Do not Panic.
As a matter of preparation of a traveler mindset, make a clear conscious commitment to never give in to panic, ever. When you're in panic, you always make irrational decisions and complicate the situation you are in.
When you panic, you reduce your mind's capacity to provide the best quick answer. To panic is like placing yourself in a centrifuge, closing the door and pushing a "spin" button.
Depending on the situation, you need a help of subconscious inner resources to respond effectively and quickly but a panic locks you in a loop of a limited conscious mind with its only references to the past experiences and you may freeze.
By staying unaffected, you engage your whole being to participate in a solution.
Trust your Intuition.
When venturing in new environment, intuition becomes very important part of a traveler mindset. In your habitual environment, whether it is your city or culture, your conscious mind has a data bank of results from the past decisions you've made that gave you favorable results.
In the new environment, perhaps with new culture, language or geography, those results may not apply. You most likely be faced with the opportunity of risk. You would have to become clear on your inner motivations not to be confused and stay in fear. Because that what will be the reaction of the mind "looking for data" and not able to find it.
Trust your intuition, but not fear. Invoke your inner guide and gradually develop direct knowing. It is very helpful to become aware of your desires and cross-check them with your intentions.
Take gradual risks to train subtle perception of your intuition. It is said that it is better to listen to intuition and fail, than listen to fear and be stuck.
Have Faith and Determination.
Have faith that you will succeed. No matter how you define successful journey, let it be a part of your traveler mindset. Going on travel with faith opens your mind to the unexpected, to synchronicity and insight. Have faith and your experience will be richly infused with ingredients of adventure and discovery.
Have faith in reaching your clear objective and your heart will be filled with the energy of determination and stability. Having faith will protect you from sliding in despair, regret and misery even in a midst of perceived challenges.
There is a powerful example of faith and determination in the movie "Touching The Void".
Go with a Flow.
Going with the flow is an ability to use what is available for advancement toward ideal objective. It is a necessity for a traveler mindset. The best way to learn the wisdom of flow is to observe a river or a creek.
You can quickly notice that the water uses gravity to chart river's course and it uses every feature of environment to form its body — a process of moving forward. When there is an obstacle, the water seems to be patient and waiting to rise up to it. When there is a gradient the water goes very quickly, sometimes in a free fall of a cascade. Decide to use wisdom of non-resistance and sharpen utility of resources and circumstances available, like a river.
Imagine vast expanse of the physical universe filled with planets and billions of galactics spanning across many billions light years...
Imagine a vector of time running across from the beginning of cosmos to the present moment and disappearing into infinity of the future...
Imagine the planet Earth floating in a dark blue space...
Imagine the center of the Earth as a ball of raging melted fire, intense lava...
Imagine the surface of the earth with its beautiful meadows, lakes and mountains...
Imagine yourself being where you are now...
Now imagine and contemplate that in a middle of an intersection of history and a vastness of the Universe, there is your life, one of a kind as it is, with your capacity to do and experience so many things...