Why Traveling on a Smaller Budget Can Give You a Richer Vacation Experience

That five-star hotel and spa travel experience may not be within the budget for your next trip, but having a smaller travel budget may actually be good for you.

by Sher Bautista, 15 September 2017

Travel with less. Experience more!

Ayurveda, which loosely means “life knowledge,” is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, developed over 3,000 years ago in India. It is resurfacing again today as more and more people realize that true healing must be holistic. Certified Ayurveda health practitioner and yoga instructor Ananta Ripa Ajmera says that ayurvedic healing is based on the belief that balance between mind, body and spirit must be reached in order to be truly healthy.  Check out five best practices discovered by ancient ayurvedic sages to be the life-changing ways of balanced and truly healthy people. 

1.  Live in the Now
Most of our stress comes from worrying too much about the future, and being hard on ourselves for mistakes of the past, as if we could travel back there and make things right. Practice how to get rid of self-induced stress. Ajmera suggests that it’s helpful to know when to pause and close your eyes for a moment, when you notice your mind doing a rewind to the past or a time travel to the future. Learn to ask yourself, “What is happening right now? What can I do right now to live in the moment?” Doing this connects you to your power that exists in the here and now.

2. Learn to Forgive
When we nurture negative emotions toward another, we are the only ones who suffer. Holding on to past wounds is toxic. And while we can’t change what has already happened, we can certainly change how we respond to challenges that may have made us lash out in the past. Learning to be conscious of how we react to challenging situations is the key to real freedom and health. Ajmera shares that we must learn to really feel our emotions in order to be able to forgive. Learn to ask yourself, “Who am I really angry with? What are the wounds that I am holding on to?” These are the first brave steps in learning forgiveness. 

3.  Let Nature Be Your Teacher
Have you noticed how your mood instantly lifts when you get a breath of fresh air? That is nature acting as the ultimate healer. One of the Ayurvedic practices is to learn to be in harmony with nature. Nature teaches us that torrents of rain may pour but the sun eventually rises. In observing nature we learn that, just like in our lives, things come and go. And to be truly healthy is to be as accepting and supple like the wind.

4.  Listen to Your Instincts
We are all born with an inner voice but years of noise, from outside and within, can sometimes drown it out. Make it a practice to take some time to just sit in silence. Ajmera advises that we learn to tune in to our inner voice or our instincts. Listening to it will give us clarity about the issues in our lives that may be blocking us. Learning self-awareness is a huge step to making a healthy change.

5. Free Yourself from Shame
Ajmera defines the clear lines between shame and guilt. Shame, she says, is feeling bad, broken or unworthy. On the other hand, guilt, is feeling remorse for something you have done. Guilt can be a constructive emotion, making us take steps toward changes in behavior. Shame makes us feel stuck while guilt can motivate. Make it a practice to know the difference so that you are able to detect your feelings of shame. Then you can channel these feelings into more positive and healthier ones that will make you more and more empowered each day.