If it weren’t for my yoga and awareness practices, I would have been a more frazzled and discontent person during the weeks preceding my departure to Asia. When I felt worried, stressed or anxious, stopping to do some breath-work and a short mindful meditation was my medicine. I would say to myself, “I trust that the universe will provide me with exactly what I need,” or, “I am co-creating my experience and am enjoying each moment for what it is”.
I was about to be travelling overseas for an undetermined amount of time. Thailand for the first month to deepen my Thai massage skills, then India to strengthen and refine my yoga practice. I was feeling equally nervous and excited. So much to prepare- subletting my home, applying for tourist visas, immunization shots, overseas banking set-up and packing away boxes while simultaneously packing my travel bags. It was a practice of its own to function efficiently while allowing myself the space, time and energy to honour the intense emotions that were coming up about leaving my world behind and stepping into unknown territory.
Saying farewell to my friends and family felt almost impossible… but I just had to follow my heart towards a journey of dedication and Self exploration. After all, I believe that passions need to be fed in order to thrive and for me, life feels dim and pointless without that fire. Its no surprise that my passion for yoga, Thai massage and personal growth has called me to Asia- the origin and homeland of these practices. The feelings of attachment to my home and fear of the unknown became smaller and weaker in the face of this calling. And yes, oh yes, am I ever glad that I’m listening to the voice inside of me that wants to expand.
It’s only been a few days into my trip and things are aligning beautifully. I am loving the Thai culture, even though it took some adjusting to settle into. I am continually surrendering and allowing life to flow through me. The places I stay and the people I meet are all fitting my journey well. It’s hard to remember now what any of my worries were for. The focus and presence with my practice is steady and my mind is still. I am enjoying having the space and time to get to know myself in new ways. Feeling gratitude!