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If I did have hard and fast expectations, they were completely blown away as I got deeper and deeper into my heart and less into my mind, with each meditation and each interaction.
It may seem trite but last night I watched Eat, Pray, Love for the tenth time in my life and I am amazed at how much I resemble that character in some ways. Yes, I know that that character is a real, live person—quite famous and inspirational by now—who goes by the...
When you begin to notice the things that ARE working, as opposed to the things that aren’t working, then you begin to see a huge potential everywhere! -Barbara Marx Hubbard The other day I watched an interview with two of the most widely-known spiritual...
Before I acknowledge the obvious fact that I haven’t posted on this blog for over a year, I have a story to tell.
Are you on the healing path with major illness and/or surgery and still wish to travel? You can do it! Here are 7 must-read practical Self-Care Tips for anyone planning a trip right after surgery or major illness.
Certain images grabbed Regina Waterspirit’s attention early in life; water, puppets on strings and the phrase, “Well, I’m a person too!”…
Every health expert out there these days seems to be saying that the best thing for you is to eat TONS of veggies in order to stay healthy and energized. But how can you do that when you are in “travel mode?”
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!
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!
Wouldn’t it be nice if something (legal and actually good for you) could help take the edge off the travel stress just a little bit?
Kids do it. Animals do it. You could do it too!
Winter Ross is an illustrator, writer and environmental activist who’s work is influenced by shamanic practice.
Bread is probably the most politicized food there is. It has caused riots. It has led millions. It has fed gazillions. It has created long-lasting sustenance to those who refuse to die hungry.
The miracle of the Transformational Experience is that it brings with it a sense of awe and wonder.
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!
I see the black and white drawings as the container and the adding of color as the myriad of possibilities we have in life. –Joni MacCracken
Taos/NYC singer/songwriter and actor Tenney Whedon Walsh offers her poetic and musical talents for The Gentle Traveler’s first Creativity Spotlight post! Thanks Tenney!
Sometimes a place can surprise you enough to want to come back someday.
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…
Check out this project that my friend Bonnie and her organization Foundation for a Healing Among Nations are working with. It is all about a group of pretty amazing girls who are traveling to the UN to speak next month. Boy do we need their voices to be heard!
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…
“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.
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.
What if instead of merely being a symbol for love, intuition, wisdom, courage, compassion and deep connection, the heart really was the source of all those things within us in a very tangible and measurable way?
To actually finish something sometimes means staying put for a while. Borrrring! Good thing I have a plan. It involves travel magazines– lots of ‘em!
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.
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.
It’s the best of ALL worlds if you can find a place to detox your bod and do something good for the Earth to boot. As “Stress Month” comes to a close at The Gentle Traveler, take a look at four spas who are doing just that.
As I get older, I find myself getting more and more practical. I have too many things to do in my life to let lack of money stop me! I want to get ON with it! Maybe you can relate?
Check out these two sites if you want to keep your body MOVING for stress relief (and just cuz it’s good for you) but your life has you moving from house to house or from appointment to appointment.
…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…
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?
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.
No one is going to hand you the time you need to care for yourself on a silver platter. It is up to YOU to make it a priority, schedule the time, and DO IT before stress takes its toll on you in the form of disease.
A Birthday Poem to Me
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.
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.
This holiday season, take a helping retreat in your own neighborhood or across the world.
Practicing gratitude every day may be the key to not only a better mood, but a healthier immune system.
A slice of life account of Paris through the eyes of a first-time visitor.
Author Michael Singer talks about the internal chatter of the mind and the most important spiritual practice there in this simple yet powerful read.
Need to take a healing retreat but on a budget? You CAN do it yourself– and cheap!
It is the season for a piping hot, healthy-for-you bowl of soup. Eat up!
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.
A new focus on retreats and intentional travel emerges for The Gentle Traveler blog.
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.”
Sometimes movement happens because Mother Nature or life in general says so.
Free Art is alive and well in Sebastopol, California, where junk artists Patrick Amiot and Brigette Laurent have over 300 works on display across the city.
Upon coming back to Taos, an old adobe, the ghosts of history and a cadre of spiders greets me home.
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...
Oh No, Not Another Greyhound Ride! – OR – What IS that Blue Stuff They Put in the Toilet Bowl Anyways?
Confirmed: I am officially too old to consider a Greyhound bus ride fun, exciting or adventurous in any way. Yes, admittedly, there WAS a time when I thought it was just grrrreat (!), even after the “dirty old man incident” in my mid-twenties (which consisted of a...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...