Here’s a secret among travellers:
Travelling is one of the only things in this world that keeps us sane in an utterly insane world.
Travelling the world has a way of helping me realise just how good I have it. I think about my place in this life, about who I am, where I am, and where I’m going. I also think about where my funding is coming from (a lot), but that’s a matter for another day.
Before I started travelling (at every opportunity I got), my life was perfectly normal. I’d get up and do the whole 9 to 5 enchilada. Once I got home, I’d sit down for some brainwashing found on the television as part of my nightly entertainment. Come weekends, I’d just try to numb out the bustle of the insanely fast-paced life I was living, and I did this with the help of things such as beer and watching football with friends.
One of the best realisations I’ve had during my life as a nomadic traveller is the fact that I need to explore as much of this world as possible. I need to escape the madness of daily life and find sanctuary in a space and place that pushes me beyond my comfort zone.
Most see meditation as a waste of time or something to be done only if you had spare time on your hands. But according to Tom Evans, author of The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness when you get into the habit of meditating each day, even if just for 10 minutes, you will discover a whole range of real-world, tangible benefits.
For Balanced Being, Tom’s explains his top 5 benefits of bringing meditation and mindfulness into your life.
#Hack 1: Being Luckier
After just a few days spent meditating each morning, you will increase your ability to spot opportunities in your life.
Such serendipities happen all the time, but we often fail to spot them when our mind is busy and over-active. The calmness we get from meditating leaks into our day and helps us zone in on the happenstances that can make our day.
The world around us mirrors our internal thought processes. If we think the world is out to get us, it has the tendency to do just that. If we harbor kind thoughts, the world and the people in our world reflect benevolence back to us.
If one of your goals in 2017 is to work on your mind, body and soul than stepping away from your typical beach holiday into a more holistic environment might be for you.
We take a look at the top wellbeing retreats that will gift you the skills and mindset to make this your best year yet.
Little French Retreat
A retreat with a difference, The Little French Retreat offers retreats far and wide, where guests, seeking an intimate retreat experience are warmly welcomed.
A unique experience for small groups, the tranquillity of the surroundings ease away stress, and the team are on hand to nourish you inside and out with wholesome, cooked food in a nurturing, convivial ambience.
*5th – 14th February 2017, Yoga+ Ayurveda Healing, India
*4th – 17th March 2017, Yoga+ Walking, Himalayas
*13th – 17th April 2017, Yoga+ Walking, France
*28th April – 1st May 2017, Beginners Yoga, France
Packages from £895 for 5 nights.
For more detail and booking head to www.littlefrenchretreat.com.
Although January is a great time to set goals, most people are pretty tough on themselves, with over 43% of UK adults failing to keep up their New Year’s resolutions after just a month according to Bupa and ComsRes.
Therefore, my first goal this year is to make simple steps for longer gains.
1. Set realistic goals
Promising yourself, you’re going to cut out all caffeine and chocolate forever on January the 1st is going to set you up for failure.
Make a list of all the goals you’d like to achieve and set realistic timelines against them. For example, “I’ll cut down my 5 cups of coffee a day to one.”
Then when you feel ready to, perhaps make a choice to drink coffee only at weekends.
Christmas is an exciting and joyful time for most people, but it also comes with its many stresses and strains.
There are the pressures of finding perfect presents for people, getting everything organised, cooking the fantastic feast (the highlight of the day for me!) and for some of the most health-conscious among us; the fear of letting our health regimes slip.