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3 Spiritual Benefits of Traveling Alone

3 spiritual benefits
Children of Cambodia walking along the river towards the gate of Angkor Wat. – Photo Credits: Jana Andrea

As a child of Mother Earth, in each and every one of us lies a natural instinct to explore, travel, seek new adventures, find endless possibilities to the wonders of the universe. We strongly desire to delve into the unknown..mysteries await us at every minute, hour, day. Traveling lets you get in touch with your inner self and get to know how the puzzling mind, beautiful heart and soaring soul works. Be encouraged to travel while you are young and can afford the time and space to do whatever you please whenever you see fit. The world could be your oyster if you wanted it to be.

1) “Me” Time

When you travel on your own, you get to know yourself at your own pace and do whatever you feel is best for you at your preferred time. There is no rush when you only have yourself to worry about.  You take time out from being socially involved in other people’s emotions and the situations of your comfort zone (home umbrella) and invest more time into treating yourself well. You find new ways to make yourself happy and realize the true meaning of self-fulfillment and self-love! After all as Buddha teaches us, one must be able to love the self before being able to love another. Traveling alone inspires you more than anything else and when you decide to, decide to do it for You!

“Your task is not to seek for Love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

2) Accepting the New

We are all bound to meet new people along the way, but when you travel on your own the people that you meet suddenly appear either more genuine or more doubtable this is because they realize you are without barriers and come as you are, all on your own and you are now someone to be acquainted with personally as an individual rather than in a group where there is shared perceptions of whoever may come along to try and get to know you or the whole group of friends. As a lone wolf stray from the pack, it becomes more obvious who are in acceptance of you and who are not. This is not to say that everyone is to accept who you are simply because you are brave and alone, some people may disagree with you and you must move on and accept that not everyone can be for you. When you are alone you are vulnerable and people see that and tread with more consideration in getting to know you as well as form a decision to either respect or reject who you are, this is more so with ladies (so remember to behave).

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
 Lao Tzu

              3) Finding Yourself

Now that you are in a position where you have all this time to yourself, you begin to start reflecting on the person you once were, the person you are now and the person you are to become. Awareness starts to build up within you of here and now – what is present, past and future. Some may start to meditate to help ease themselves into the state of awakening, by practicing daily deep breathing meditation you learn to positively take in the good and release the unwanted negativity from your entire being. You learn things about yourself you may not have recognized before from being constantly surrounded by people. Taking time to understand yourself becomes something so valuable to you and realizing how innate this desire is to truly know thyself you wish you had taken off more time to be with yourself. Creating the time and space to get to know yourself becomes one of the most significant aspects of traveling alone, although you may not have found it so at the initial start!

“Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.”  Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Article by Jana Andrea


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