Many people have asked me how I do it - travel constantly without losing my mind or my bearings. It's true my travel schedule is jam packed with so many things, at times it seems like way too many.
Grounding yourself is very important when you travel. It's very easy to go off balance and turn into a complaining [insert whatever profanity works for you here] when you're jetting from airport lounge to terminal gate, airplane to train to bus to taxi to pedicab to hotel room.
But what I've done that really works for me is to establish a morning routine or a morning ritual. That's the first thing I do in the morning to get yourself ready to face the world - whichever part of the world I am in. I believe the reality you create on the outside is reflective of who you are inside so it's very important to check in and take care of yourself - both inside and outside.
Let me share with you what I do:
I do a morning meditation (anywhere between 20-30 minutes) depending on my time. This doesn't have to be anything grand or done out loud with chants and gongs and monks or religious statues, but just simply:
I lay in bed and check in on the thoughts inside my head. What's the topic of conversation in my head today? I just listen to the natural thoughts buzzing inside and I let them flow... and then I let it go.
I don't question my thoughts, I don't wonder why I think my thoughts, I don't scream my thoughts on the top of my lungs. I don't do anything about them, I just observe them. I say to myself "How interesting that I feel that way." No, "I wonder why I feel that way." or I don't judge myself or try to fight them. I just lay in bed, let all the emotions and thoughts wash over me, and then I let them go. I clear my head of yesterday so that I am able to let the new day in. This is easier said than done. This practice of reseting, freeing yourself to truly be in the moment is something I learned (and am continuing to learn!) to do from the 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat I did. Check out my article about the Seven Things I Learned from FREE Vipassana Meditation Camp. This is something I highly recommend if you're able to take some time for yourself and it's 100% FREE. By doing this, I remind myself that I am in control of my emotions and I don't let that emotion dictate the rest of my day.
After my meditation, I Set An Intention. Out of the one million things that need to be done right now, what are the two things that am going to get done today? Then I think of one or two more pending items on the to-do list just in case I get through the two things that I am going to get done.
Once I decide on what my intentions are, I Listen to Music - My song of the moment is Modest Mouse "Float On" [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTAud5O7Qqk]
I LOVE the guitar riff! It's also a great reminder that "we'll all float on okay... and we'll all float on anyway, well... do do do do do do!"
Yesterday, it was The Killers "Human"
And to this music, I jump around and wash my face, brush my teeth, shower, and Abyanga (self massage) lovingly.
I feel completely jazzed to face whatever the day brings.
And if things are a lot more cray cray than usual, I take a minute out of my busy schedule and sing. Yep, I belt it out and lose myself in some YouTube karaoke. My mom's Filipina so karaoke is in my blood. The Philippines is a nation that is obsessed with karaoke. Every family I know in Manila has a karaoke machine and isn't afraid to use it, even early in the morning.
I made a little video for you to sing away your stresses... with me! So whenever you find yourself discombobulated and want to sing but feel silly singing alone... sing with me! Just play this video!