I grew up in southern California, and because it’s a fairly big and geographically diverse state, I had a skewed idea that not much existed beyond its borders. Most of our family vacations were within the state until I was in graduate school.
It was in grad school at Berkeley that I realized many other students were from out of state. They were able to make contrasts between California and other places they visited or lived, and they seemed to have a great appreciation for those distinctions.
After this realization, I knew I wanted to experience more of the world and see those differences with my own eyes.
Most of my travel has been initiated by yoga as retreats and trainings throughout the world. I have also traveled extensively with my husband. I can proudly say I have visited six continents, and I’m sure we’ll make it to the seventh.
I’ve seen some of the world’s official and unofficial wonders. I’ve learned key phrases in several languages that helped me get around, and more importantly helped me communicate my gratitude to the natives. I’ve tasted unforgettable food from fancy restaurants and street vendors.
But the best and most important journey I set out on was exploring the infinite territory of my inner Self: to learn who I am and how to be most impactful with my living. Before I owned this inner journey, my outlook on life was like my outlook growing up in California: I thought life kept me busy experiencing what I thought was “enough.” Staying within my known parameters felt comfortable and safe. I now know the inner journey pulls me to scary edges and offers opportunities to leap with faith and courage.
In this issue of ILLUMINE, please enjoy our theme: Travel and Adventure. Our writers took to heart their journeys and offer wisdom and insight. Rules for the Road gathers traveling tips for work and pleasure. Our featured teacher, Michael Wollpert has traveled far and wide for adventure racing, even though much of his teaching takes place on a stationary bike and treadmill. He has inspired people to achieve health and fitness goals beyond belief. There are a lot of great lifestyle books out these days, and we review one of our favorites, Kate Hudson’s “Pretty Happy.” You’ll also find other interesting reads, videos, a playlist from our featured artist Trevor Hall, and inspiration online at illuminemagazine.net.
Travel far, deep, wide and inward, dear friend. Emerge wiser and more courageous from your journeys. Find guides who will point you in the direction and travel with you when necessary. Trust your inner compass when you don’t have a map. Remember: sustenance of the heart will take you farther than eye candy. Take time to stop and notice how far you’ve come and that sometimes, you’ve outgrown your shoes.
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