In response to a question that I am asked so very often, today I am answering this: how to be more grounded anywhere. When you’re travelling as much as I do, creating a stable, comfortable and grounded life-experience is imperative, if you don’t want to burn our and go running home again with you tail between your legs after only a few short months.
Here are 4 simple, very effective and delightful ways to be more grounded anywhere:
1. Create A Routine.
If you’re a nomadic traveler looking to get work done while on the road, a morning routine is the best way to cultivate a grounded working mindset.
Why? Because routine:
Sets the tone.
Meditation and a gratitude journal are the perfect way to start the day. When positive thoughts are intentionally cultivated in the morning, the trend continues throughout the day.
2. Eat Local.
Travelling in exotic places that can set your head spinning, food, of all things, will keep you grounded.
When you eat the foods that were grown in the soil where you now stand, the earth becomes a part of you, which has a tremendous settling and grounding effect on your body and your psyche.
Eating local often means you can meet the people who produce your food, and keeps you in touch with the seasons. By eating with the seasons, you are eating foods at their peak taste, at the most abundant, and the least expensive.
Heading to your nearest farmers market to taste the local fare or buying some fresh produce to prepare a meal at home has the most settling effect, bringing you back down to let you’re feet touch the earth and bask in the sweetness of this magnificent world.
3. Attitude is Everything.
When life gives you delayed flights, mild nausea, or even awkward lunches with relatives you thought you once knew, reflect on the words of famed travel writer and Dalai Lama bibliographer Pico Iyer: “We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate.”
Travel is transformative.
Whatever the experience, when you accept it as it is, rather than judging it as good or bad, your eyes will see it again through a lens of love, beauty and gratitude.
Keeping in mind that everything is always exactly as it should be, and that everything happens for a reason, keeps you grounded.
Approach your journeys with openness and courage. When you open your heart to the unknown, magic and miracles occur.
Moving your body is the best way to release any toxic energy pent-up in your body before and after a long journey. It releases mental and emotional stress, and helps clear your mind. When you look after your physical needs and exercise, you almost immediately feel more grounded, as well as having much more restful sleep.
Yoga. Walking outside in the fresh air. Swimming. Stretching. Jogging it out. Dancing.
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