In these modern times when the rhythm of life is rapidly increasing the numerous daily obligations are weighing us down to what seems like a bottomless pit of stress. Although it has been proven that mindfulness and meditation promote our well-being in many ways, there are still many people who think of it as mumbo-jumbo. And others, who are involved in e meditation are looking for remote isolated places where they can perform it in peace. But there are other ways to approach meditation. Reaching a meditative state doesn’t necessarily require a strict sitting position or the constant repetition of the mantra. The real harmony comes from being at peace with your surroundings. And you can’t achieve this when you are isolated between four walls. You may want to explore new lands in order to connect with different, cultures, traditions, and people. If you’re looking for true inner peace we’ve put together a list of destinations that will enable you to reach it.
Proud Mountains And Calm Sea in Cape Town, South Africa
Calm waters have always provided us with a peace of mind, their quiet flow portraying a natural cycle of life. On the other hand, proud tall mountains have the ability to boost our physical and mental strength and independence. Check out the city of Cape Town. This South African destination offers the perfect combination of nature and city, providing you with an ideal meditation retreat but preventing isolation. This city is full of different classes that will broaden your meditation practices, such as Qigong.
The Festive Revival of Spirituality in Bali, Indonesia
While New Year’s Eve in most counties means simply “having a party“, in Bali it is one of the most sacred times of the year and represents a perfect chance to sink into their deep-rooted spiritual traditions. If you’re thinking about large parades, firecrackers, laughter, and singing these festivities are just an introduction to a quiet celebration. And when we say quiet, we mean it. This day is called ‛Nyepi’ by the locals, which means ‛The Day of Silence’. This means literary 24 hours of total quiet. It’s not just about nobody talking, but nobody is working, there’s no driving on the roads, and the electricity shuts down on the whole island. There are no better circumstances for cleansing and self-reflection. If you imagine Indonesia as one big jungle without any peace and comfort you should know there a lot of private villas in Bali that will provide you with a perfect sanctuary. Mediating in a pavilion surrounded by a naturally flowing river and lush gardens will erase every thought of shutting yourself between four walls again.
Back to The Roots in Grumeti Reserves, Tanzania
Watching hyenas, gazelles, even lions in their natural habitats can make you feel truly alive. We’re all the children of nature, and these reserves will allow you to fully immerse into your roots again. You’ll be surprised how being surrounded by wildlife can provide you with quiet and peace.
The Slice of Heaven in Halibut Cove, Alaska
In this pearl of Alaska you’ll be surrounded by the immense power of nature without actually being exposed to extreme conditions. The whole place breathes with something like an ancient wisdom, as you take in the snow-capped mountains in the distance. You may even spot bears, puffins, see whales, moose, seals, bald eagles, and sea lions.
The Primal Beach on Half Moon Caye, Belize
This little island off the coast of Belize, is so hidden you’ll have the impression that no human foot has ever stepped on its soft golden sand. The tents and cabins are just a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, creating the feeling of a clean start in life. Although this unique natural setting that allows you to relax and step back from the world can seem pretty disconnecting, you’ll actually feel very connected to the primal things, like the world was created only yesterday. And after a swim in the famous Blue Hole, you’ll definitely feel reborn.
As you can see, meditation is not about shutting yourself out of the word. It is a spiritual festivity deep inside your being, providing you with the strength of the mountains, the calmness of the sea, and leading you straight back to your roots. All you need to do is set on a journey and find the perfect spot.
Guest Blog Post written by Stella Ryne, Historian and Traveler.