Mindfulness on the Road – How to experience more

Have you ever been in a place or situation where there is just too much to take in? It feels as if every pore in your body is over saturated with stimuli.  It’s just too much and you can feel your brain cutting out.  The worst that has happened to me is when I think back to some great over-stimulating experience and find myself not remembering anything of it.  The thought of it is shocking, but it happens. All the time.

This is where mindfulness comes in.  I’ve always practiced some form of meditation throughout the years to help lessen anxiety and everyday stress.  Truthfully, I haven’t been consistent in any of these practices.  I usually end up disappointed in myself and looking for quick fixes.  I found that practicing mindfulness and incorporating it into my daily life, I am calmer, more focused and experience things clearer.  Mindfulness is described by a Perspectives on Psychological Science study as “the non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.”

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Hiking Day Trip from Cape Town

Sometimes the Earth surprises me.  Sometimes the concrete jungle gets a tight grip on me and I forget about the simple beauty the earth offers up so freely.  When this sudden awareness jolts me awake, I know its time to turn back to nature and set off for some exploration.  Getting out of the city and hiking in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve was like transportation straight into tranquility.

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