Returning from the trip of your dreams
How do you find your way back to real life?
The trip of your dream has happened; you have been away for a long time - weeks, months, maybe longer.
Back home, what do you do now? How do you find your way to the real life?
Personally, I have experienced this several times after returning from kick-ass holidays. I am sure you have too, and all you can think about is how amazing your time was and how much you long to go back - to that beach, that village, that country, that little hostel somewhere in the most magical place.
At the beginning of March, I returned from my second trip to Mysore, India, where I study yoga, philosophy, music and life in general. Although I was away for a shorter period of time, my re-integration was exponentially harder than before.
Those study trips to India are all encompassing, fun, tough, physically challenging, emotionally draining, exciting, mind-blowing... at the same time. And when I return home, I am a fish out of water. I feel like an alien who landed on a different planet. I feel lost and misunderstood. I suffered from culture shock - i was shocked by the Western culture, the one I grew up in.
And, I was also grieving India, the simple life, the country, its colors and sounds, the temples, the overall experience, the people, all the love I felt when I was there, all the challenges I over-came and the ones I am still facing. In a way, I felt heart-broken.
All I could do for some time was rest. Do less. Sit more, breathe more, close my eyes more and listen to what is going on inside of me. My body was rebelling - I was not able to do my usual asana practice, which at first was another blow.
So I sat and observed and allowed it all to happen.
And what I took away from it all is this: you don't really rejoin the modern world once your whole outlook on life and the world has changed. And that is ok. You are not the same anymore. Something inside has shifted, you experienced something different, something so profound that is changed you forever. I honestly believe that these experiences are gifts. They open our eyes, our souls, our hearts. And what's cooler than that - being awake, rather than being asleep.
Barbara Glanznig is an Ashtanga Yogini based in Telluride, Colorado.
She offers private and group Yoga in Telluride and runs yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats in hand-selected locations all over the world.
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