THE GENTLE TRAVELER BLOG

Honest writing about life, health and travel.

What we all want right now is a little honesty.

Welcome to the Gentle Traveler Blog. Inside, you will find Honest Writing about health, travel, life and everything in between. Don’t be afraid to dive in and poke around a bit — and leave a comment if you feel called! Now is the time to be honest with ourselves and express from our hearts. That is what this blog aims to do. Enjoy!

Retreats 101: Cleansing with the Seasons

For ancient healing traditions such as Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and even Shamanic healing systems, taking the time to cleanse the body as the earth cleanses in preparation for a new season is common practice. It just makes sense!

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Get Healthy with Laughter!

Did you know that May 1 was International Laughter Yoga Day? Folks all across the country and the world are celebrating the healing power of “the good guffah” and the “belly-busting bellow!” Why? Because its good for you!

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Retreats 101: The 3-Day Creativity Kickstart

Do you have a half-finished project that is gathering dust in your closet? Maybe it’s an idea for a new business, a book, a painting or even a life change that JUST WON’T LEAVE YOU ALONE? If so, you may be in need of a 3-Day Creativity Kickstart!

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March Theme: Creativity (and Mr. G)

Do you have writing, artwork, audio or video that is creative and also related to travel? If so, send it to me! If it fits with the theme (and is in relatively good taste) I will publish it on The Gentle Traveler this month. Imagine….your name in lights (or at least in cyber-print)… oh the places you could go…

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Traveling is Good for Your Posture

Traveling can be an excellent (and super fun) way to practice rolling your shoulders back, opening up your chest, holding your chin up and looking the world directly in the eye…

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4 Heart-Centered Meditations You Are Going to Love

“Follow your heart.” Easier said than done, right? Especially in times of stress or anger, letting the heart guide us is the LAST thing we want to do. And sometimes, even when we have the intention to do so, we just don’t know how.

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For the Love of Snow

A person who has Raynaud’s Phenomenon (like me) probably shouldn’t be out in the cold. But I have to admit, I just LOVE the snow.

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Love…The Road Less Traveled

The highway that curves its way from the heart to the throat through the tunnel of the vocal chords and out the mouth (I think there is a detour passed the brain there somewhere) is full of potholes.

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It’s Love Month at the Gentle Traveler

I actually like to think of Valentine’s Day as a time to focus on relationships of all kinds. To parents. To children. To pets. To neighbors. To wild critters. Even to the trees and the bushes outside our homes. To the sky. To the clouds. And especially to ourselves.

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Travel Advice from Samantha Brown

…Then Brown got to the stuff that really got my pen moving. She talked about what she called “the two pillars of travel.” I love these because they were so simple, they cost nothing, and they just make common sense…

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Gentle Travel Tip #5: Don’t Stress, Mercury in Retrograde!

All of these random annoyances would usually be like water off a duck’s back to me, but not today. Is it because of Mercury in Retrograde, that peculiar time when all manner of frustrating and inconvenience things seem to happen at once and my tolerance of them is close to zilch?

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“Unplugging” 101

Even if you like your life fast-paced, wired and jet-fueled, it’s still good, sound self-care to take a chill pill from the gadgets every once in a while.

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Winter Solstice 2015: Drumming in the Light

Winter Solstice is a GREAT time to vision, plan, and kindle the creative spark of your projects and dreams. They don’t have to lie dormant all winter but can instead perculate like a steaming pot of joe. They can begin to emerge in the quiet spaces that winter inevitably brings.

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Artist Date at San Diego’s December Nights

This time I was on my own schedule as I sauntered, drank my tea, ate my cookie, looked at Jesus in the Manger and watched the Christmas tree light up with just my own self to share the experience with.

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3 Reasons You Need to Go on a Retreat

A personal retreat is a special time that you take for yourself in order to reflect, regroup, refresh and recharge. The specifics of your retreat can be as unique as you are.

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Ten Quotes for Your Traveling Bag

These quotes from famous folks all over the world (who have also done a LOT of traveling) can be the moonlight in our traveling bags. They can be our traveling “bells of mindfulness.”

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Gentle Travel Tip #4: BROADEN YOUR PERSPECTIVE

When we travel, even for a weekend getaway, we broaden our perspective of not only the world at large but also our place within it. By seeing new sites, meeting new people and actively diving in to new experiences, we expand our concept of reality beyond the normal...

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Thank You Boardman, Oregon

The town of Boardman, Oregon smells like a fart. It is a patchwork of cow pastures (hence the smell) but the folks are friendly (they don’t let you pump your own gas around here) and, well, quite honestly, the stark, flattened landscape and the many shades of brown...

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The Redwoods Teach about Community

The destiny of humans cannot be separated from the destiny of the Earth. – Thomas Berry We have biked uphill about two three miles from the harbor town of Crescent City and just a few clicks in to the southwestern end of Jedediah Smith State Park. Shane explores up...

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Three Things I’ve Learned about Acceptance

We have finally made it to the mighty Redwoods. Both Shane and I breathe a heavy sigh of relief. We are ready to get off the road for a few days. We are ready to piddle, to meander a bit in the lush woods around Elk Country RV Resort and Campground near Trinidad,...

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In Memoriam … Keidi-Bug Barksdale RIP August 20 2015

Twelve hours into the “Redwoods Road Trip 2015” and its hot. We grit our teeth through LA traffic. So sick of this oppressive heat, I say to myself in exasperation. I try to think “happy thoughts.” Soon. Soon. Soon we will be out of it. Just past Ventura, we will hit...

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Hello and Welcome

  Wow! Here we are...the VERY FIRST blog post of TheGentleTraveler.com. Suddenly I have a case of frozen fingers. Doubts flood my brain. Fears creep into the corners of my consciousness. Will this enterprise really work? Will anybody even read this? But, ah! Dear...

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