"Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before" - The Dalai Lama
It's been almost a month since my last post. I went to Bali for almost 3 weeks and had little access to a computer there, and my eyesight is too poor to compose a post on my phone, sheesh. Anyhow, upon returning I stumbled onto the above quote by The Dalai Lama (one of his instructions for life) and obviously loved it.
Exploring Bali was an amazing experience. It is a beautiful, spiritual, laid back place with such kindhearted and devoted people. Almost immediately upon arriving I felt that internal shift happen, the one that often does when I travel, maybe imperceptible to anyone but me, and yet completely altering. A change in perspective and also (especially if I'm in nature) a sense of peace and calm. There is something about removing oneself from the familiarity and predictability of everyday life, and plunking yourself into a different environment, that can really make a person feel alive and adventurous. This is almost always accompanied by (in my case at least) an intense feeling of gratitude for being alive and for all of the things I am so fortunate to have. So when I read this instruction for living, the importance of it resonated with me in a big way.
This instruction for living doesn't specify how far we have to go, distance-wise. Perhaps the thought of flying for almost 24 hours across the planet makes you sweaty and increases your heart rate... or maybe there's a year where taking a vacation seems financially impossible. There are many places, practically in our own backyards, that most of us have yet to explore. A stretch of beach we've never been to or a hiking trail we've neglected. In my case--Yosemite. What am I doing?It's so close! Seeking these places out regularly can enrich our lives and improve our mental health, I'm sure of it and so is The Dalai Lama.