Learn how a Taoist mindset can make your travels more enjoyable.
It isn’t that you travel the world
to see the world.
The world is always around us: all there and fully assessable if you are open to it. Funny how many ways this is taught, shown and revealed… And yet in the rush to get somewhere people miss so much.
Why do we travel?
We travel to connect to others, to expand in experience. This is the deeper truth of travel.
As you travel: learn to linger and connect rather than rush about.
Wisdom from All Cultures
We can find wisdom in all cultures. It’s important to be open and mix with more than your own culture that you grew up within since The world is changing.
My daughter goes to a Hawaiian immersion school. She came home with this wonderful lesson from Hawaiian tradition teachings:
You do not know your place if you do not know your winds.
You can discover many lessons from this.
1) What winds push you in life?
2) What winds do you embrace in life?
3) How do you become part of the wind?
4) How do you read the wind, be aware of it’s nuances?
5) What is wind?
What are the different types of wind?
In life for example wind is our stories and how our stories push us around. How do others blow hot air or truly live to their stories direction. Or how a person fights against the force of the story
The Polynesians traveled the seas with the wind, it shaped their life. We can learn from this and learn to travel this new world, within a new cultural sea of many cultures blending together. The winds are now the stories that push humanity about. What winds will you travel against, which winds will shape you. Which winds will you help become stronger?
Traveling to Find Place and Home
Now in traveling you will also ponder about place and home. How do you find place? How to find the place which is truly called home?
It’s fun to explore…
But finding a home, a place that supports your nature, is more than just exploring.
Discover how to taste potential. Feel out what it would mean to live there. Listen to the tenor of the people, chat to strangers in cafes, gas stations, libraries, main squares. Sit down and poke about the area and parks to get the feeling of the beat of any place you explore.
When imagining what a place is like, you also create a fantasy of what the best it can be. ( and miss the parts that get you in trouble later) Instead feel potentials, compare the potentials to your own life. Examine this relative to how it would be supportive to letting you unfold as a person. Talk to others to get the perspective you miss, reach out and connect to those who live it every day to get the normal day to day aspects of life.
If you can’t connect to the people when visiting… then you won’t connect if you live there later. Feel your own senses of how you release. If you feel tense in a place then it isn’t a place to live, but if you breathe easier.. then follow that and look for the elements that make you breathe easier.
Over time you will find the conditions that match your nature and then when accidentally stumbling across your true home, it will become clear as the potential home it represents
A Taoist in training will wander the world to discover their nature. In this wandering you taste the potential of the world around you, and when you find the place that matches the needs of your own potential…