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This morning, I awoke to the sounds, sights and smells of a ton of garbage — literally — sitting in front of my house. Apparently, a fire somehow started inside this collection of other people’s waste as it was being carried by a truck around the neighborhood. Had the vehicle not belched all the garbage out onto the ground, the whole thing would have exploded in flames and been destroyed.
That’s when I realized, this was a fantastic metaphor for the start of a Solo Travel Journey. When one takes such a spiritual journey, leaving everything in their life behind, the very choice to set forth into motion ignites a fire in one’s heart. Once you are out there alone, caught up in the speed of momentum and mystery, that fire forces all the garbage you’ve been carrying around in your mind to be “dumped” from your consciousness.
It’s a massive emotional purge. Everything you’ve been holding onto, all the stress, the confusion, the resentment, the negativity… all of that becomes irrelevant when you feel the wind blowing through your hair on the highway, or that tug on your gut that lures you back when the plane darts forward. It doesn’t necessarily matter where you are going. Rather, what matters is who you are about to meet out there on the road — your true nature.
This beautiful, mysterious, magical, intimate, honorable, healing rendez-vous requires that all the emotional garbage that you’ve been carrying around be dumped.
As the author of the E-Book, THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL: A Journey from Anxiety to Enlightenment (Click:Here), and the creator of The Solo Travel Solution program of healing and transformation, I’m a product of this process. I’ve set forth on many Solo Travel Journeys and sent many clients on their way as well.
Some clients simply go into the woods or the city for a few hours or a few days to get the feeling of privacy and motion. Others find their way around the world. Either way, this solo motion clears the emotional energy that is stored within one’s body, energy that more often than not shows up as anxiety.
I’m not a believer in magic bullets or miracle pills. But I’ve been around the block with healing modalities — therapy, seminars, meditation, medication, recovery, books, support groups, martial arts, and so on. Each has had their own place in my life, and in the lives of my clients. What I can say is that nothing has penetrated to the heart of the matter as much as setting forth on a Solo Travel Journey, particularly when it’s done with a spiritually systematic design.
The journey is a container of time, with a beginning, middle and end. Within this container, one naturally receives teachings and moves through tests. You take your life into your own hands, and the feeling of momentum does the rest. Doing so takes your condition of anxiety beyond the counseling office, and moves the emotional energy of your body in ways that awaken your spirit and let you feel alive. By recording your experience in words and pictures, you bring back home a mental anchor of the trip, that helps you to regain that spirit of healing once you return to the life you left behind.
Again, there are no magic bullets. But for myself and my clients, what we learn out there on the road puts our lives into alignment, stimulating a sense of confidence in ourselves and our purpose, which helps us to sustain practices that ward away anxiety once we return home. We can always go back any time, setting forth alone for another dump of the emotional garbage we start carrying again after a period of time. It’s just like doing the dishes. You’ve got to clean up the mess.
But when you see Solo Travel as a serious method of personal healing, then you’ll be cleaning up a mess that erupted from your system because of a fire that started in your heart. Then the mess doesn’t seem so bad. But the fire keeps you awake and alive.
THE ZEN OF SOLO TRAVEL E-BOOK EDITION is being released on Monday, August 26th. To learn more about the book — CLICK: HERE.
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