Rediscover every day,

Lots of people know that I love to travel. And when I think back of my childhood and puberty .. I somehow come to the understanding that in those areas of my life, seeds were planted. My grandpa took me out on trips and made me explore the neighborhood in a treasure hunt kind of way. My parents showed me Europe. My ex-boyfriend gave me a glimpse of what life was like outside the European borders. He introduced me to the astonishing vibes of Marrakech .. But my trip to Singapore and Malaysia, at the age of 21, touched me in ways I could never imagine.

The start of enlightenment

There have been many times I thought about my enlightened state of being. Lots of times I tried to find words that could describe the evolution I have gone through as a person. The personal growth that came from actually being able to see other cultures with my own eyes. The personal growth because of spending so much time alone. I guess I can say that I have been collecting experiences, expanded my comfortzone, endured setbacks and most of all .. Became aware of the mind-chatter that had been going on for years. Mind-chatter that distracted me in so many ways. “An enlightened person is insightful and open-minded. Able to see the world with clarity, without attachment to preconceived ideas about people, places, and things.”, Google’s definition.

ROUTINE roots us

“No matter how much we grow, we are never free of daily chores and routines, but to be enlightened is to embrace them. Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”, Jay Shetty claims. When I travel, most of the people I bump into ask me the same questions: “Have you been to ..”, “Have you done ..?” and my answers usually don’t go any further or wider than the word “No”. Routine anchors me. Which means that I’m always trying to make myself as comfortable as possible. Making myself at home at different places in the world is kind of my goal and therefore I dive deep into the entire experience.

Rediscover every day

“Train your mind to be where you physically ARE”, Jay Shetty writes. He reminds his readers that their mind has the power to drift back and forth into the past and the future. A deep experience has everything to do with accepting that everyday doesn’t have to involve change. Finding value in everyday activities, to me, is more interesting. “To walk down the same old path and find a new stone .. Is to open your mind.” – Well, thank you Jay!

Depth and meaning, instead of thoughtless and empty

I choose depth and meaning over thoughtless and empty and I love to inject novelty in my familiar surroundings. I find discovery in doing familiar things. I just simply seek out delicacies and pleasures along the way. Routine has made me connect with locals and I created friendships all over the world. Routine frees my mind, enhances spontaneity and gives me the opportunity to explore what is going on inside of me.

Bron: Think like a MONK – Jay Shetty