Has the long cold Winter left you feeling sluggish and unimaginative this Spring? Maybe you feel like you are stuck in a negative spiral that feels hard to release and let go. If you are finding yourself in this humdrum pattern, it’s time to take a breath of fresh air by traveling. The act of leaving one’s commonplace life for a day can bring a fresh new perspective and outlook to what’s going on in your life.
The travel distance can consist of hitting the road to visit a new location or at its simplest, altering your daily routine for a day, which allows the mental and emotional self to step away from mundane patterns in order to consider things from a new point of view. The experience of new sights, sounds and energetic patterns stimulate the mind and fire up the creative centers. To achieve this inspirational infusion, it can be as simple as taking a day off of work and doing something different, to jumping in the car and going on a weekend trip to hit the reset button in order to break up the energy loop cycle that has us in a current holding pattern. In short, what I’m saying is, playing hooky sometimes is good for the mind, body and spirit. 😀
I always find that as soon as I hit the road, my writing speeds up tremendously. As I meet new people, see new sights and experience the energy of a new area, my senses are heightened and the creativity begins to pour out from me. I tend to do more writing while traveling, even while on the road for business, and this energy boost returns back home with me, infusing me with its mojo for weeks. I once completed a book I was working on, while in the middle of Manhattan staying at the Waldorf Astoria. I was in Manhattan to film two courses that I was teaching at the Learning Annex and had just come from teaching at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. My time on the road traveling and teaching had been long and my last stop was the Learning Annex in NYC. I should have been tired and a bit road weary, but as soon as I entered the Waldorf and saw the desk in my room with the great view of everything going on outside, it was all I could do to keep up with how fast my fingers were flying across my keyboard. This happens almost everywhere I travel as I soak up the energy of each city pulsing with life and activity. I’ve found over time that some of my most prolific writing seems to always occur in New Orleans, the city herself is such a muse, she calls to my soul and the words pour forth from the inspired fountain onto the screen.
When I’m unable to travel and am in need of an energy lift and shift, I find that going somewhere new in my local area can accomplish this on a smaller scale. I take off for a few hours and head out to seek new experiences, which often lead to divine inspiration from the writing muses. Sometimes it’s the people that you meet, other times it’s the events that unfold along the way. Each moment of the journey provides an opportunity to learn, to grow and to open the mind, body and spirit. I’ve also found that dancing does something very similar in this way with shifting and resetting energy.
How about You? What do you do to shake off old energy and hit the reset button?