TIPS FOR BEING ROOTED ON THE GO.
Pack-worthy essentials to help give you a sense of stability and home while living up-rooted and traveling around the globe.
How important it is to find your roots while drifting over land and sea. It is hard enough to live out of a suitcase while living in the in-between. Some days you just crave the crash on your own pillow at home, the smell of your laundry detergent on your favorite sweater, or the simple feeling you get when passing through the doors of a home your soul knows.
Below are my necessities to help ground and settle my spirit while wandering and living without roots.
· Unpacking – I always say ‘Home is where I unpack.’ A simple rule of thumb I follow is to always unpack when I’m staying somewhere for more than two nights. It just helps you to drop into your space, experience it more deeply and feel like ‘this is my home; this is where I reside; this is where I lay my head; this is where my things are.’
· Traveling Altar – It’s your sacred space that holds the treasured things that keep you connected and rooted. They can be gifts from friends, photos of loved ones, trinkets from places of significance to you, statues or books of your spiritual path. They’re reminders of memories, of things that you’ve loved, and anywhere there has been any unfurling of the heart. This curated collection of objects represents the essence of your being and your home in this new space. I have mine wrapped up in a silk bag and I unpack it and set it up on a small table, empty shelf or even the floor of the room I call home at the moment. I like to have it in a place where I can set up my yoga mat and practice or even just sit in front of it for a meditation or prayer on my journey. I do this when I go to new places – places of the unknown.
o Some examples of the items I have on my alter right now: a little rose pin from my mom, a small Buddha statue from India, an olive wood cross from California, a Ganesha statue from Indonesia, a silk scarf and mala from the Dali Lama, a seashell [“the eye of Lucia”] plucked from the Amalfi, a shell from Spain, a piece of volcano from Iceland, a bead from Kenya gifted from a dear friend, an amethyst crystal, a photo of my daughter Mila from her birth, a postcard from a friend, A tiny wooden elephant from Thailand, broken travel bracelets from adventures past, a picture of my husband Swiss and the one remaining earring from a pair that he gave me early in our relationships as his first gift while we were in Belize.
· Traveling Candles – if you can handle the weight of packing a candle, lighting a fire can feel like home and can be an important element in your spiritual travel alter.
· Clary Sage – Smudge Sticks (preferably white sage from California) – these clear impurities in the air, detoxify and rid a space of bad energy. Light them, get them smoking and walk to each corner of the room a couple times or around a space or person.
· Traveling Yoga Mat – I have an ultra light travel mat by Manduka that I bring with me. It’s yours, you sweat on it, and it is there for you when your ready. Whether you leave your mat laid out on the floor all day or fold it up when your not using it, the mat invites you in to practice, like the pot call the cook to the kitchen. Sometimes we need the reminder to drive up the intention.
· Measuring Cups – I always travel with American measuring cups! If I get homesick and call my mom to make her buttermilk biscuits, I can save a lot of time and energy by using these tools rather than converting the ingredients to metrics and finding that they never turn out the same. There are some great plastic collapsable ones out there too.
· Multiple Journals – I love a good Moleskin. But the Apica Note Book brand is one of my favorite. They’re thin, so I can have multiple for different topics, whether spiritual outpouring, family travel ideas, work-related projects or something pertaining to my daughter. I’m a Pisces so I like to have a daydream journal of things I want to do or envision doing in the future. There’s no rule that journals need to be filled cover to cover. I have lots of half empty journals, and each one tells a tale of my past.
· For traveling with a child – In terms of traveling with a child, bringing certain snacks, books, and stuffed animals that are reminiscent of home is really important. At two, my daughter isn’t really attached to one thing in particular, but having an essence of home is something that comforts her and gives her a sense of place regardless of where we are in the world. This of course, means I have to bring many items on a trip as opposed to just one important one.