The Spiritual Traveler

‘Vegging out Vacation’ or ‘Getting hit with a stick in Buddhist Bhutan’
– is there a 3rd alternative?

We used to go on vacations in order to ‘vacate’, to empty out our built
up stress, our ‘backed up’ clogged up energies. We’d plop ourselves on the
beach just ‘vegging’ and often using alcohol to force our bodies to relax.
This is the old model that we are shifting out of. And then there came an ‘Eco
Travel’ trend, or ‘Adventure Travel’ with mountain biking and ‘ziplining’
or white water rafting. All fun and energizing. But we still weren’t able to
‘Be still and know That I Am God’ – we still weren’t able to truly relax
and receive. So the pendulum swung from total ‘vacating, vegging out vacations’
to ‘Adventure Activity Vacations’- strenuous physical activity Adventures.
As with all polarity paradigms the pendulum swings between the oppo-sites and
eventually finds center balance.

Now there is a new balance emerging – the best of all worlds’ type of
travel coming forth-

Eco Spiritual Travel – where enjoying, caring, appreciating the Natural
World – being in touch with Mother Nature combines with personal Spiritual
growth & a rejuvenating, relaxing vacation.

Is it ‘Work’ or ‘Play’?

We also used to have very distinct boundaries between ‘work’ & ‘play’.
We had to ‘work’ in order to save up enough $ and time to ‘play’ or ‘take
time off’. This model is also starting to melt, blur and merge into something
new where work & play are joining into something new.

The new model is becoming more of – just Being. We are
working-playing-being-doing all together at once. Perhaps we will outgrow the
word ‘work’ and we will come up with a new word – or perhaps no word.

‘No Pain, No Gain’ is the old Model

When we started doing ‘workshops’, retreats, awakening seminars – we
were still under the old model of ‘no pain, no gain’. We felt in order to
get something out of our ‘workshop’ there had to be some ‘pain’
involved. We had to get up early, spend most of the day in our ‘work’ shop
with short breaks for food – and with very little time left over for just fun.
These models were the right stepping stones at the time – at least we were ‘working’
on our Selves and not for someone else. But now things are moving towards more
merging- unifying ways of being & doing in our lives.

What if we can combine Fun, Relaxing & Play with personal Awakening &
Spiritual Growth? And how about we add contributing to the health of the Planet
and the Ecosphere to that? This is a ‘light bulb moment’ when we see it –a
win-win-win for everyone and everything involved.

The old model of ‘if it’s good for me it tastes bad or is hard and no fun’
or ‘if it’s fun it has to be either illegal, immoral or fattening’ – those
days are leaving.

Eco Spiritual Travel – is travel where you go somewhere you really
enjoy, can really feel good in body, mind & spirit and enjoying
Nature-Mother Earth- the Eco Sphere. Part of your ‘vacation’ may be to lie
on the beach in Kona, Hawaii but not for all day for days on end. That’s like
eating too much cheesecake! Instead your day might look like this – you may get
up leisurely around 8-9am, enjoy the open air restaurant breakfast – an hour
after breakfast you join your Spiritual Retreat Seminar being conducted under
the palm trees . You do some breathing meditation and learn to feel your Inner
Body more fully. After these simple timeless spiritual exercises & some
social interaction time with likeminded new friends you have free time to swim
with turtles, go into town to shop, or read a book in the hammock, go visit a
Kona coffee farm or snorkel on the reef. Then in the late afternoon you meet
back up with your retreat group and you go for short drive to a protected bay
and swim with wild dolphins carefully respecting the dolphins’ natural
boundaries. Then a Sunset meditation at an ancient Heiau – temple area where
you can feel the ancient rhythms of true old Hawaii. And back to the resort for
evening dinner overlooking the protected lagoons, watching the turtles swim
below you. Private time, beach time, group spiritual time, dolphin time, sunset
time, food time, hammock time… true en-join-ment.

En-join-ment = the new model is that when we truly en-joy we are ‘In
Joy’ – en‘join’ing back up with God, reconnecting with our own Spirit.

The old model is that we can only reach ‘God’, ‘Salvation’, ‘Nirvana’,
‘Enlightenment’ through pain, struggle, sore backs from meditation postures,
having to ‘sacrifice’, fighting our minds to be ‘quiet’,

“It’s in our Pleasure we find our Treasure.”

Do flowers not en-joy opening into blooming? Do trees struggle? Does the
Ocean have to ‘work’ when its waves move? Do Birds effort and huff and puff
when flying? Isn’t this effortless flow perhaps what St. Francis was pointing
to when he quotes – “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow – they
neither toil nor spin – and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these.”

What is a flow-er? Maybe the Angels of Language left clues for us – a
flower is a Flow-er, a flow of God-Spirit Energy erupting into our world to
remind us to also surrender to this Flow of God-Source.

Sound too good to be true? To be able to relax, have fun, have pleasure all
while Spiritually Awakening, respecting Mother Nature, and contributing
financially to a group providing sanctuaries for animals?

It’s happening now. These Eco Spiritual Vacations are a growth
segment of travel for the future. They are here and available now. Small,
boutique operators are creating truly connecting, spiritual experiences for
small groups of travelers all over the world – that feed the travelers and the
whole Eco Sphere – Mother Earth at the same time.

“It’s not either/or — it’s both and more!” OSHO

So why not make your next Vacation an ‘Eco Spiritual Travel’ Vacation –
and feed your Self, re-connect with your Spirit while en-Joy-ing Nature-Mother
Earth-the Eco Sphere.

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