Travel with deep ease
by Nancy Shapiro
When you feel overwhelmed, you're trying too hard.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Like pushing the proverbial stone up the mountain only to have it roll continuously back down, the often frenzied schedules of travel can overwhelm me, even when that overwhelm is made up of enjoyable, exciting, or inspiring events and people. So I’ve learned to pay attention when that feeling grabs me and makes me forgetful, hyper, cranky, anxious, or some particularly toxic combination of all four. Then I do my best to re-arrange my schedule into something more spacious ...into what my friend Sowbel calls...deep ease.
Fierce Prioritizing: Giving myself permission to change my initial schedule adds much-needed breathing room. It’s surprising how often what I think is a must-see/must-do turns out to be something that doesn't truly interest me.
Stay Open: Invigorating adventure, synchronicity, and surprise are always available, yet only if I allow it in. To turn instead down that small side street with the fascinating sign, or have the best meal of my life [so far] because I said hello to an elderly man in a park keeps me connected and curious.
Active Self-care: Staying tuned to how I feel physically helps immensely. Knowing how often and how much food and water I require to maintain equilibrium and good humor is essential. Naps or doing nothing for an hour, some lunges down the hotel hallway, and regular stretching keep me feeling limber and rested.