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3 Ways to Make Travel Time Meaningful Time

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

Many of us travel today like no other time in history! My travels have taken me to many beautiful and fascinating places over the years. I feel deeply blessed to have had the opportunity to see many parts of our magnificent world and to meet interesting people along the way.

In The Wizard of Oz, one of my favorite movies of all time, Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home,” and I wholeheartedly agree! Dorothy’s expression of home here has two meanings: our physical home and, of course, our inner home of connection to our Source. I love to get away and experience different cultures and see various sites, both here in my country, the United States, and abroad. But without my deep sense of “home” within, I might tend to feel ungrounded and somewhat lost.

On May 13, I launched my first book, The Practice, and I have never traveled as much as I have these past six months while on my book tour. From state to state and from city to city, I hopped on planes, rented cars, taken taxis, and stayed in hotels dozens of times. I’m thrilled to announce that I make my first international trip with the book to Dublin, Ireland, next week! This tour has been quite an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience full of activity, and I have so much gratitude for this opportunity to speak about my life and encourage others to find their inner peace so that our whole world can begin to feel peaceful.

My travels these past few months have been seamless! This isn’t because there weren’t any delays or frustrating experiences at the airports, but rather because I was able to remain calm and present to whatever was happening around me.

So what makes travel a happy, calm experience? The greatest tip I have is to be in the present moment and to be accepting of whatever comes in the moment by practicing Focused Attention. Here are my three ways for making travel time meaningful:

  • Stay in the moment—not anticipating your arrival or stressing about unexpected delays. Really use your breath to be in the moment.
  • Take a look around at the people you are meeting, encountering, or passing by as you travel from place to place. Set the intention to smile, be kind, and send loving thoughts. If this seems difficult, remember you have a choice in each moment, so decide to be happy.
  • Build in some time for nourishment of your mind, body, and soul—even if it is a working trip. Slow down, take care of yourself, and carry a book with you for some reading for inspiration. We must remember that if we are not feeling strong and fulfilled, the chances of our travel time being meaningful are slim. We may just get the feeling that we cannot wait until it is over. But this is our life, so do we really want to wish it away?

While traveling to a far off place or just taking a drive to the grocery store, focus your attention and be in the moment. You only have this moment, so ask yourself, “How do I choose to spend it?” Be here right now and when you arrive at the destination (on time or late, whatever the case may be), you will have a sense of fulfillment of having traveled well.

About Barb Schmidt

Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.