My retreat company, TravelAsana, was born out of my love of travel, my sense of connection to nature and a desire to return to a more spiritual way of life through heart-centered service work. Whenever I travel, I become attuned to different cultures and different ecosystems, but more importantly, it is through travel and by going into nature that I reconnect with a Higher Power; a powerful force much greater than myself; a force that is the reason for being and the reason everything else’s ‘being,’ too. It’s the glue that holds it all together and the energy behind our interconnectedness.
I love how this Universal Flow has been known by many names: God, Infinite Intelligence, Source Energy, Spirit, and many others that reference a higher power which is the Source of all that is. Almost everyone holds the belief that there is something bigger and greater than they are. Even the most atheist of people can agree that scientific principles are more powerful than human will. We all connect to Source in different ways: through prayer, meditation, chanting, visualization, immersing ourselves in nature, rituals, art, etc.
As a kid, my connection to Source was so clear. It was magical. You could always find me outside – under our deck watching pillbugs, or in a tree spying on the cardinals at the feeder, or out on the lake in a canoe watching the stars. As is the case for most of us, the natural magic of childhood somehow dimmed in my teens and was replaced with a disconnect from Source and a disconnect from my sense of self.
My first adult concept of Higher Power was gravity, because I definitely couldn’t fight it. As a snarky twenty-something, I would say, “shit rolls downhill.” When a trouble of some sort would worry me, I would ask gravity to take it away. Then, the codependent twenty-something in me would feel guilty that someone or something was gonna get hit by my energetic crap! Ugh. Thankfully, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had the good fortune to wake up to the disconnect and make choices to plug back in.
Traveling with this intention of reconnecting can give me a quantum leap back to Source: I can step out of the plane and very quickly be immersed in an ecoscape that is totally different from my usual one. When I engage with an environment, I can more easily reconnect to the magic of Source.