Arriving Home :: Meditation Travel Essentials
With a cross-country teaching schedule these last six months, I have been more nomadic rather than based in a cozy homestead like I am used to. Much of my own personal practice has been centered around making meditation a seamless part of the daily routine - a ritual even. This has included making welcoming home practice spaces in each place I have lived over the last 10 years. In some homes, I made an altar with items that held meaning and inspiration to me and for my practice. In other homes, the view was my “altar”, or I would simply choose to sit in the same place each day that felt best within the space.
This last decade I have become more of a homebody. It’s almost a balancing act from my teenage years and early 20s, where being on the road was second nature. I have been to 48 of the 50 states in the US, have driven across the country half a dozen times and am an intuitive traveler. Meaning traveling comes easily to me, and I gain a lot of inspiration and fulfillment when I spend time in new places. Having so much of my own meditation practice hinged to a daily morning routine and a home-based living experience has made the last 6 months of sabbatical and travel a wonderful opportunity to re-establish a solid mobile meditation practice. So upon request from you, I have dedicated this ‘Arriving Home’ to sharing my top ways to travel mindfully and to share my favorite meditation travel essentials.
How To Stay Consistent When Traveling
A very common question I get asked from beginning meditation students is about staying consistent with daily meditation while you are traveling or on a holiday with your fam. You are already off of your regular routine, so how do you still fit meditation in when your schedule is completely different than normal?
My number 1 tip for keeping up with your meditation practice while traveling is to make your practice time another one of the fun “new” activities you plan for the day. Not only does this ensure you still get your meditation in, but it also can strongly reinvigorate your practice by adding more intention and dedication to it than you normally would have if you were at home.
My second tip is to add in some fun meditation-centric stops or destinations into your travel schedule. As many of you know, I am really big on taking mindful pauses throughout the day in the form of mindful matcha moments. Whenever I am in a new city or town, I will make it a point to find a local teahouse and try a matcha there while grounding and centering myself in a mini-mindful moment. These days you can also visit new meditation studios or more well-established traditional centers like zen, buddhist or yogic-temples. Adding in a meditation specific destination not only guarantees you will get your meditation practice in, but you may also meet a new teacher or gain some new helpful teachings by meditating with local practice communities.
My Meditation Travel Essentials
The past 6 months, I have definitely landed on my go-to meditation travel essentials. Items that either support my actual meditation practice or some of my favorite products that give me a mindful moment of grounding and self-care - no matter where I am.