Last week I put together a post filled with advice from traveling families. I had asked my friend Lainie to contribute to the post but when I received her advice I thought it deserved its own space on my blog.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. I hope it makes you think.
Advice to the Family Traveler, before they head out..
By Lainie Liberti – RaisingMiro.com
I’m sure there’s a lot to be said about saving money, getting vaccinations, applying for visas, online bill payment set up, purchasing travel insurance, researching family friendly destinations and designing the perfect packing lists.
But I am not going to address any of these things. I am going to focus solely on the inner preparation.
Only you know the feeling deep inside that is the force behind your decision making process. I’m not talking about the intellectual reasons our rational mind creates to justify our decisions. I am talking about that spark of light, similar to the flame of a candle, illuminating the inner darkness of uncertainty.
My travel advice to you is about the journey inward.
This focus will keep you grounded when your rational mind is cycling through the giant to do list, feeling stressed and fearful, and experiencing self doubt. Yes, it’s all part of the experience, (and it’s magnified once you are on the road) unless you have tools to keep the surface noise in check.
Just what is that spark of inspiration that led you to this place? Let’s look at the ‘spark’ itself. Like any living thing, it needs attention to stay activated, to remain alive. Simply, give it attention. Give it attention often. Feel the feelings associated with your inspiration and just sit with it. With a little practice, you’ll be able to access that feeling at a second’s notice, and it’s there with you when you need it.
Give it attention now.
Imagine the quiet place inside of you that contains that complete knowing that you are doing what you are doing because your inner guidance is guiding. It’s there, doing it’s job, doing exactly what’ it’s designed to do. Guiding.
And you are not alone, every single person has this inner guidance system. I call it inspiration. Some call it purpose, intuition, motivation, gut feeling or faith. Some even call it God. It doesn’t matter what you call it, but the singular, most poignant piece of advice I can give you is to trust it.
Did you hear that? TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDANCE SYSTEM.
Now, here’s some thoughts to try on while you are sitting with your inspiration:
Trust everything will be ok.
Trust the world will support you and your family.
Trust that things will always work out.
Trust that the world is a safe place.
Trust you will find a way to support yourself and your family.
Trust things will happen in it’s own time.
Trust, trust, trust.
And now you have learned to trust, you must take one more step. You must transform that trust to a simple and complete ‘knowing’.
Know the things you have just learned to trust as the truth.
Know with every cell in your body, with every sensation from your senses and with every thought in your mind that your inspiration is a reflection of your personal ‘truth’.
From: “I trust everything will be ok”.
To: “I know everything will be ok”.
…and so on.
Remind yourself, everything you have ever done in your life has led you to this point. You have always gotten through stressful times. You have always been ok. How do you know that? Because you simply are here, now. Take some comfort in that.
When times get stressful, remember, this too shall pass, and focus in on that inner flame I call inspiration. You will always find the support you need within. Happy travel preparation, and happy travels. Remember to be fine with whatever is unfolding, right at this very moment and remain inspired!
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s 18 year career once focused on creating campaigns for green – eco business, non-profits and conscious business. As the owner of a leading Los Angeles brand boutique, Lainie lent her artistic talents to businesses that matter often and has received recognition through numerous national & international awards.
In 2008, after the economy took a turn, Lainie decided to be the change (instead of a victim) and began the process of “lifestyle redesign,” a joint decision between both her and her then 9-year-old son, Miro.
Lainie and Miro are living a location independent lifestyle, slow traveling around the globe, living in the present moment, staying inspired, and participating in the world without fear.” Both write and podcast their experiences discussing slow traveling, volunteering, unschooling and living as global citizens at Raising Miro on the Road of Life Travel Blog & Podcast- www.raisingmiro.com