My wife and me have just arrived to New York, one of the busiest and hectic cities in the world. Although I think NY is a cool city, its crazy lifestyle excites me too much and this is why it is so important for me to slow down from time to time and simply relax.

Strangely, I tend to neglect some of my daily habits I have acquired over the years, when I am on vacation. So to say, I had been skipping my daily meditation. A reason for this may be that during trips it can become hard to live according to a set schedule, and flexibility is required. For example, I noticed that since arriving here in NY I felt quite anxious and stressed out. In part, this was of course because I am in a new city far from home, and although I love New York, it does take some adjusting.

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This situation is quite funny because my entire meditation session barely takes 20 minutes a day, consisting of a daily-guided recording from an app called Headspace. Nevertheless it seems hardest to follow during vacation time, when ironically I am the least busy. I guess my mind simply desires some freedom and space. At the same time I noticed that it is especially when I travel to foreign countries, that meditation becomes so vital to me, as it helps me create exactly that: freedom and space.

Headspace has made all the difference in this process. Initially, meditation was difficult for me. But this app has gives a structure and a daily routine, to enjoy some quality time by myself and slow down from my busy life.

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Meditation also helps me cope better with stressful situations, such as the actual travelling, which can be extremely exhausting. In addition, the experience of a totally new and unfamiliar environment can feel overwhelming. By connecting to stillness, it becomes so much easier for me to adjust to these changes so that I can enjoy the new environment in a curious and open manner. Thanks to my meditation, I find joy wherever I go.

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The small effort of daily meditation really allows me to get the most of my vacations. By becoming a mindful traveler, I enjoy almost every moment as a fun and exciting adventure. So if it’s hard for you to meditate on your own for any reason, I really suggest you try Headspace. By the way, they have now developed a special series dedicated to travelers, making meditation on the road easier than ever. Have fun, and please remember to let me now what you think while I have my peaceful fun in NY!

https://www.headspace.com/blog/view/219/meet-the-mindful-traveller

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