We’ve all heard about meditation as a way to stay in the moment. But we can learn to be present in any situation, any time of the day, anywhere with anyone without meditating. An easy opportunity to practice being mindful of the present moment is through travel.
Here’s How to Stay in the Moment When you Travel…
- To be in the present moment the most important thing you can do is release thinking you KNOW what’s going to happen on the trip, when it’s going to happen, how your traveling companions are going to act and how you’re going to react when something does happen.
- The next important thing to stay in the moment is to avoid putting too much emphasis on being happy in the FUTURE – when I get there, when I see that, I’ll be happy.
- Traveling puts you at an advantage of staying in the moment. Why? Because if you were to put yourself on AUTOMATIC PILOT, like we often do when we’re home and passing familiar landmarks, you’ll get lost. So by the mere fact that you are on an adventure makes it more likely that you’ll relish the moment.
- Remembering to add in breathing room to the travel schedule, giving yourself time to relax and enjoy the moment. Don’t jam the SCHEDULE so tight that if anything takes longer you add stress.
- Focusing on things not related to the trip (problems, difficult relationships, to-do-list) can distract you from staying in the moment. We’ll call it a WANDERING MIND. I don’t do any work at all, not even checking e-mails or voice mails. It all can wait.
- Pay attention and soak up what is in the present. Each moment as you travel, be AWARE of what you see, sounds you hear, the people and creatures around you and how you feel.
- When all else fails, stay in the moment when traveling by playing a game of APPRECIATION.
You might ask why? Because if you can stay in the moment you will have an unbelievable trip, something you have never experienced before.