What makes you feel calm and grounded no matter where you are? My friend recently reminded me to figure out what to pack in my soul survival kit – the rituals that will remind me who I am when I’m far from a familiar location.
“Focus on what makes you feel calm, centered, and at home that has nothing to do with physical location. You’ll have those when you’re gone,” she wrote. (what wise friends I have!)
I’ll continue to think about this in the weeks ahead as I prepare to put all the belongings I’ll need for three months in one backpack. There’s not much room for extra physical items, but perhaps I can find some exercises and “touchstones” to rely on in times of feeling lost or homesick.
What would you pack in your self-care travel kit?
Here’s my list so far:
- my music (the kind I can sing along to, because singing just makes me happy)
- laughing at myself (not taking things too seriously)
- writing poetry
- thinking of happy memories
- listing what I’m grateful for (on paper or just in my mind) and letting the feeling of gratefulness well up in my chest
- a good, foamy latte
- dark chocolate
- dressing up
- wearing purple (I call it my ‘power color’. it makes me feel confident and strong.)
- the smell of lavender
- taking walks
- breathing deeply
- people watching
- going out/excitement/special occasion (create as often as needed!)
- talking with strangers/being real
- being honest about how I feel
- writing in my journal
- being barefoot on grass
- pausing to observe the beauty of nature (be it a tree, a flower, a bee, the clouds)
- smiling from my heart (just for me, just to feel the joy of being alive)
- sitting beneath a tree
- saying a prayer/asking my higher self and the universe for what I need
All this preparation for leaving my “comfort zone” has left me wondering…
What is home?
Is home a feeling to embrace or try to ‘get over’?
Where does homesickness come from? Why do some people get it, while others don’t seem to?
How will being away from home change me?
Thoughts?? Ideas? Tips? Please do tell….leave a comment 🙂
Below: my bedroom window in one of the many houses I’ve lived in during the last few years.