Your spiritual practice will serve as your guiding light as you travel. Your daily spiritual check-ins will keep you walking in the right direction and your emergency spiritual practices will come to your rescue when you miss a bus, miss your friends or miss your bed.
But your spiritual practice will also be the force that keeps you growing when you return home. (The worst feeling is to lose the girl you found on your trip).
So in this article, I’m going to bare my soul and tell you how I have realistically woven my spiritual practice into my life – but while traveling at home. No, I don’t wake up at 5am to meditate. But I do talk to myself…a lot. I talk to myself, I talk to the moon, I talk to the mirror, and I talk to the Universe. I express myself often. So often that the Universe starts to express what it wants for me through me.
I wasn’t always like this, however.
My personal journey began when I relocated to Indonesia as a staunch atheist. I found myself cynically dismissing expressions like “manifestation” and references to the “Universe.” But then…a series of wild things started happening to me.
If you own my book, The One-Way Ticket Plan, then you have already gotten the low-down on these practices. In this article, I’m going to give you resources to follow to bring these practices into your own life.
I keep my yoga mat next to my bed. On lazy days, I roll out of bed and onto my yoga mat and stretch for 3-5 minutes. This is the exact yoga mat I use. I connect my body with my brain. On more energetic days, I take my yoga mat in my backyard and point it towards to sun. Sun in your eyes in the morning is so good for you. I still just stretch. I stretch until I’m full of energy.
…and then I go check my phone.
Your higher self is your spiritual core. Its your soul beyond your body. She is all-knowing. She is confident and untouchable. She is happy and wise. When you strip away all the bullshit of our human existence, you have your higher self. She is always here for you and you can all on her whenever you need her.
When confronted with challenges or stress or drama or indecision, I summon my higher self to provide counsel. I envision her as the most gorgeous and serene version of myself, seated beside me or across from me. I turn to her for guidance, recognizing that beneath the layers of drama and overthinking, my intuition and higher self always hold the answers.
Do this in a taxi, in the shower, on a sidewalk with a beer. She’s always with you.
This is a photo of me and Emilia after meeting with my secret healer in Bali.
For those seeking an advanced spiritual practice, I recommend starting with one of Rebecca Campbell’s oracle decks. The concept is this: You are an antenna for higher energy. When you ask a question, pause and take a moment to connect with higher energy, they deliver messages to guide you.
Sounds crazy until you try it.
I often pick a card for past, present and future. Or a message of the day.
Before you start, I recommend you watch this video to get tips on how to use oracle cards.
Just like anything else in your life, you have to be consistent with your practice. That’s what it’s called “growing” your spiritual practice. Show up for yourself in one way every day – whether that’s mirror work while brushing your teeth or laying on the floor for ten minutes and envisioning your day going amazingly well. Just show up. Your practice will begin to guide you.
I love you and the universe does, too.
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I'm a bestselling author, hotel reviewer and pickleball player. I teach women how to travel the world solo without going broke or getting kidnapped.
In 2011, I left Seattle with just $200 in my pocket to travel the world solo. Today, I'm the founder and creator of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide, the #1 travel guide book series for women - and the author of The One-Way Ticket Plan.