In my previous article I wrote about a few reasons why meditation is a great habit to practice when you are travelling. However, there were too many benefits for me to squeeze into one article – so here are even more reasons why travellers meditate to benefit you when you are on the road.
More Reasons Why Travellers Meditate
It Can Help You Fall Asleep in Unfamiliar Places
If you travel regularly, you are probably all too familiar with this particular struggle. You are in a strange hotel room or hostel bed and it’s a lot harder to fall asleep than in your own bed at home. Every little unfamiliar sound or sensation makes you anxious.
However, travellers meditate to put your body in a deep state of relaxation and help yourself to drift off to dreamland. Meditating will slow down your breathing, reduce your stress levels and stop the nervous chatter in your head, so that you can chill out and fall asleep. You can even try it when it comes to sleeping on a plane or a bus!
It Can Help You Connect With Others
According to a study by the American Psychological Association, people or travellers meditate on a regular basis had improved feelings of positivity and social connection when meeting new people.
Reaching a state of calm relaxation while meditating will help you to feel a sense of loving kindness and acceptance towards other people, which will allow you to make profound connections with locals and other travellers. It’s all about empathy for other people, even if they are different than you.
Also, meditation can be a hobby that helps you make friends. If you really get into meditation and want to meet other people who are interested in it, you could even consider taking a trip to a meditation retreat to meet people there.
It Will Help You Stay Grounded No Matter Where You Are
Travelling the world can make you feel a little bit disoriented. I have had mornings where I woke up in bed and for a moment I couldn’t even remember what continent I was on! When you are far away from home you can feel a little bit bewildered and detached sometimes. When you make a habit of meditating every day, even if it is only for 5 or 10 minutes, you will feel more grounded and less disoriented.
Focusing on the rhythms of the breath and the sensations of the body is the same no matter where you are in the world, so it is a comforting and familiar practice you can take anywhere. Plus, it doesn’t cost a thing.
Have you practiced meditation while travelling? Share your story in the comments!